Rubber Juice: Cambodia
The plantations are being juiced. A liquid commodity that keeps your shoes well soled is one good that Cambodia is not short of. It is hard not to think of the Khmer Rouge when looking at the Cambodian countryside. Mines still linger and when a plot of land is cleared and no fabulous ancient ruins are discovered, one use of the land may go to rubber trees. Factories using rudimentary machines for simple processing treat this natural substance that has been almost outsourced to extinction by the vulcanization of rubber. The blocks then are further processed across the border in Vietnam before being returned to Cambodia because of cheap labor.