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Recognition, but with risks: the LME accepts artisanal mining

Earlier this year, the London Metals Exchange announced plans to accept wares from small-scale miners in an attempt to ensure that those who rely on artisanal mining for a living can trade internationally. Some say this will help legitimatise the beleaguered industry, while others think it will encourage further illegal activity and human rights abuses. Who is right? We investigate.

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