What could make the world’s staunchest critics of commercial mining pause and evaluate a mechanism that could bring the status of small-scale gold producers at par with corporate mines? The International Women and Mining Network (RIMM or Red Internacional Mujeres y Mineria) explored Latin America’s 2010 experiment with a Fair Trade Artisanal Gold Standard or “green gold,” that adds a premium to commercial gold that is extracted and processed by small-scale mining communities.
See http://archive.inquirer.net/view.php?db=1&story_id=280306.