for this reason never buy uzbekistan watermelons that flood Russia. too much peisticides from cotton fields+drain water
*Uzbekistan is the second largest exporter of cotton in the world, selling over 800,000 tonnes of cotton every year. * Europe is its major buyer. But while the former Soviet Republic is at the forefront of global cotton production, its human rights and environmental record lags far behind the rest of the world. Forced child labour, human rights violations, excessive pesticide use, the draining of an ocean and severe poverty are all rife in cotton production in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan once had the fourth largest body of water in the world – The Aral Sea. Now the Aral sea is only 15% of its original size. This is due largely to the dependence of cotton agriculture in the surrounding regions on irrigation, using water piped from the Aral Sea. Thousands of people who depended upon the Aral Sea for their livelihoods and as a source of fish have been displaced as a result. The Uz...