Mercury Free Mining and the Alliance for Responsible Mining Work to Reduce Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining

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GIA Grant Supports Effort The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Mercury Free Mining (MFM) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) to focus on mitigating mercury use in artisanal gold mining in Ananea, Peru.  The grant provides funding to evaluate ore-testing processes that have the potential to significantly reduce or eliminate the inadvertent release … Read More

Minding the Gold We Mine: Turning the Tide

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Written by MFM founder and director, Toby Pomeroy (pictured right). As a jewelry designer and goldsmith for more than 50 years, I’m thrilled that many jewelry companies, from independent makers to some of the industry’s most notable institutions are taking bold action to support the discovery and implementation of alternative processes so that 15~20 million gold miners will no longer … Read More

Mercury in Mining: Insiders, Outsiders, and Innovators Video Series Episode 1

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Inaugural video of MFM’s interview series, “Mercury in Mining: Insiders, Outsiders, and Innovators” We invite you to join us in this illuminating video interview series that inquires into the devastating condition of mercury pollution in the gold supply chain. We’ll be speaking with jewelry industry experts, artisanal and small-scale gold miners, scientists, engineers, health professionals, and innovators at the cutting-edge of solutions … Read More

Your Gold’s (Potentially) Craggy Origins

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Although gold is a modern necessity, as adornment, an antiviral, circuitry, and much more, we do not question its source. This is the first in a series of posts exploring the irreplaceable metal, from its origins, chemistry, and geology to extraction, processing, and much more, while placing an emphasis on ASGM’s role in the gold supply chain. Our journey begins … Read More

Mercury Free Mining Awarded $25,000 JCK Industry Fund Grant, Helping Drive Innovation in Responsible Gold Mining

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Mercury Free Mining (MFM) is honored by this generous and visionary grant from the JCK Industry Fund. We are delighted by the support for our mission to eradicate the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), ensuring the public trust in the jewelry industry gold supply chain. The JCK Industry fund was founded in 1997 with the … Read More

Driving Late into Kumasi. A Test Day in Tarkwa Hard Rock Mine.

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Driving late into Kumasi. A test day in Tarkwa hard rock mine. Mixed results and a very valuable learning experience. A Ghanaian Board of Standards member, a Water Resources Council member (not sure of accurate names) and a mining engineer from University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa were at the mine and will accompany us for testing tomorrow as … Read More

First Day Testing Results….”We’re capturing 95% of Alluvial Gold we’re Processing”

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This just in from Toby Pomeroy in Ghana… It’s been a great first testing day. The National Organizer of GNASSM, Anaji Baba, observing, said we’re capturing 95% of the Alluvial gold we were processing. More comments, testing, video & photo feeds over the next three days. These miners pick up the GOLDROP almost immediately; we’re learning a lot about the … Read More

Toby First Meeting w GNASSM Team

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What a day yesterday was…I’m relishing the privilege of being here! Unfortunately, we don’t have wifi at our hotel so it makes communication a bit more challenging. Festus and his son Wise took us shopping for safety gear in Kumasi and later in the evening we met with six of the GNASSM team who will accompany us to the testing … Read More