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Farmer Suicides in India Continue to Soar, So Thanks, Monsanto

Photo by 360b/Shutterstock In India, suicides are a well-known, if unwelcome, phenomenon. The worst of it happens in the rural parts of the country, where a 2011 census revealed that…

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PETA Slams Gap for Allegedly Selling Fur Through Its Intermix Brand

Gap isn’t as fur-free as it claims to be, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The animal-rights group has dispatched a cease-and-a-desist letter to the…

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Shoe Factory Collapses in Eastern China, Killing 14 People

Photos by the Associated Press A four-story shoe factory…

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Walmart's Website Chock-Full of Deceptive "Made in U.S.A." Claims

Photo by Gil C/Shutterstock Walmart has pledged billions of dollars in support of American manufacturing, yet it’s hawking foreign-produced products as U.S.A.-made, according to…

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Hermès Suppliers Caught Sawing Open Live Alligators for Their Skin

Photo by 1stdibs Hermès is under fire after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals exposed the horrific conditions maintained by some of the French luxury house’s crocodile-…

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Too-Tight Skinny Jeans Could Cause Nerve Damage, Warn Doctors

Photo by Shutterstock Skinny-jean lovers beware: Wearing too-tight trousers could make you fall head over heels—literally. A 35-year-old Australian woman was hospitalized for four…

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Model Sues Kotex After Losing a Leg to Toxic Shock Syndrome

A California model is suing Kotex for the loss of her leg after allegedly contracting toxic shock syndrome from one of its tampons. Lauren Wasser, 27, was using a Kotex Natural Balance…

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Cambodia Fails to Protect Garment Workers, Says Human Rights Watch

Cambodia’s garment industry is under renewed scrutiny after Human Rights Watch accused the local government of failing to protect its workers from myriad labor-rights abuses. In a…

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Everyday Chemical Exposures May Lead to Early Menopause, Says Study

Photo by Shutterstock Concerned about early menopause? Endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in everyday personal-care and household products, such as soap, nail polish, and perfume,…

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Uniqlo Under Fire for Promoting Sweatshop Conditions in China

Photo by TonyV3112/Shutterstock Uniqlo has come under fire after labor activists claimed to have uncovered sweatshop-like conditions at its Chinese factories. In a damning report…

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Dogs Are Being Skinned Alive in China to Make Leather Gloves

HOUSE OF HORRORS While dog meat is a popular cuisine in the region, the video marks the first time PETA has documented the production of Chinese dog leather on camera. One…

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Cotton Tops List of Industries Most Likely to Abuse Child Labor

Photo by Shutterstock Textiles from Cambodia, garments from Bangladesh, and cotton from India share at least one thing in common: they’ve all been cited by the U.S. Department of…

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Twice as Many People Showed Up on Black Friday Than Midterm Elections

Photo by Shutterstock November was a win for American retail. For American democracy? Not so much. Only half the number of people who stormed brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday…

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Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions in Back Wages

If you thought sweatshops were just a third-world phenomena, you’d be grossly mistaken. Thousands of workers in Southern California’s garment industry toil under similar…

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"Extreme Cheapskate" Scours Obituaries for Dead People's Clothes

Vintage shopping is a great way to get one of a kind pieces at a value, all the while not adding to the fashion waste in the world. But one woman has taken vintage hunting to the…

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Store-Bought Halloween Costumes Are Full of Toxic Chemicals

Photo by Shutterstock Halloween may be the spookiest time of the year for all the wrong reasons, according to a study released Thursday by Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org. The…

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Your "Human" Hair Extensions May Actually Contain Goat

Photo by Shutterstock Hair extensions are a big business in China, but a recent investigation by BBC News has revealed that what women think is pure human hair may be a laced with goat.…

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Fast Fashion is Making It Easier for Drug Cartels to Launder Money

Photo by Shutterstock Once on the hook for fostering sweatshop-like conditions, Los Angeles’s Fashion District has become an “epicenter of narco-dollar money,”…

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