Imagine a shiny Yatzy-dice where the length is 21 meters in all directions. At first glance the dice would seem huge, but the average length of a swimming pool is 25 meters. Even more remarkable is the fact that you probably could buy Norway for the gold’s value. At the time of writing one gram of gold is worth about 345 NOK (45 USD). If you care to calculate the value of 9 261 square meters, go ahead. I don’t care, because I know that the real value of gold is negative 345 NOK a gram. How can gold be worth less than zero? Everybody knows that gold is valuable. This we have been taught from the day we were born. The filthy rich got a gold spoon when they were baptized, and poor buggers got a measly silver spoon. Gold is valuable because we are brainwashed to believe it is valuable.
However, knowledge is not enough, you have to apply. Child labor is still a part of life for the poor in Asia, Africa and South-America. Children are still expendable and easy to replace. Not only must children work in dangerous mines, they are also forced to extract gold with the use of Mercury. Child labour
Representatives from the mining industry declare that they are working for a conflict free gold standard. Yet this is another bluff from their propaganda machinery. The moment gold is refined and sold, it is impossible to know and to claim that this is conflict free gold or not. Gold is by nature conflict creating and always in conflict with basic human rights, nature, environment and development.