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Uzbekistani Cotton Boycott

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Things to cross off your shopping list: Uzbekistani cotton. Retailers such as Walmart, Macy's Eileen Fisher, Nautica, Liz Claiborne, and Nike have all pledged to boycott the use of cotton from the central Asian nation. Why? WWD reports: "The Uzbekistan government forces up to two million children—some as young as seven years old — to leave school to work in the cotton fields for up to two months, organizers said. During the harvest, children are exposed to harmful pesticides. They also allegedly face physical harm or expulsion from school if they fail to reach a daily quota of 50 pounds of raw cotton." [WWD]