Colombia exports millions of cut flowers every year, and most of them end up in the US. But working in the flower business is not always rosy. Colombian flower-farm workers endure long hours, debilitating injuries, and workplace harassment to keep up with seasonal foreign demand. So does an ethical bouquet of flowers exist? We went to Colombia to find out.
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India is one of the world's top salt producers. Most of the country's salt comes from the desert of the Little Rann of Kutch. Here, the Agariya people do the dangerous job of farming salt. They face extreme temperatures of 118 degrees Fahrenheit, skin diseases from the harsh sun and saltwater, and blindness from light reflecting off the white landscape. They make just $4 a ton, while traders take home most of the profits. So how did the Agariyas become trapped in the big business of salt? We headed to India to find out.
Reece King from Satisfying Clean specializes in deep cleaning filthy vehicles. After years of farming, the interior of a farmer's truck becomes covered in hay, dirt, and debris. Reece demonstrates his step-by-step process for detailing farming trucks. For more, visit: https://www.tiktok.com/@satisfying_clean_?lang=en
Nine million Americans live near an orphan oil and gas well. These wells have no owner and they were never sealed, so they're leaking out tons of methane and deadly gases unchecked. Some are 150 years old and were lost with time. Finding and plugging them with cement can get costly, and most states don't have the funds to do it. But with $4.7 billion in funds to address this problem passed with the infrastructure bill, there's renewed hope. We follow one ex-oil executive and his team as he hunts down and plugs forgotten oil wells.
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Veselka is packed with customers who want to show their solidarity against the war in Ukraine. Just a few miles away, Russian Samovar has plenty of empty tables as people cancel their reservations. Here’s a look at how the war in Ukraine impacted the restaurant scene in New York City.