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L.A.’s Sweatshops

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In Out of Sight, I discuss how consumers need to understand how their clothes are made and the tremendous costs of not knowing that information. Of course, much of this is because clothing production has been outsourced to the Bangladesh, China, Sri Lanka, El Salvador, etc. But as I point out in the food chapter, there’s plenty of hidden production within U.S. borders too that we don’t emphasize. Although most apparel production and all the apparel unions have been eliminated from the United States, there is still clothing being made here that we could do something about. It’s in the sweatshops of Los Angeles, many of them operating underground. We don’t do anything. It’s not part of our national conversation about inequality and exploitation at all. That has to change. This podcast will help you contribute to that change. Listen and propagate.

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