Southern Crop

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Dirty linen: A sheets scandal is roiling the cotton industry

 Major American retailers have been selling premium-priced sheets purportedly made of Egyptian cotton — a byword for luxury in linens — but that may in reality be woven with lower-quality cotton blends.

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What Farmers Can Do When Water Starts Running Out

This past February, in the height of its summer, Cape Town, South Africa, almost ran out of water. Drastic measures were taken when each family in the city of 3.8 million were allotted only 50 liters to use each day — about 12 gallons.   Read more

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