Now you can keep wearing that comforting feel of cotton without the stress of what might be happening to the environment. Organically grown cotton is a responsible choice of fabrics. It is farmed without insecticides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers.
Consider this about traditionally grown cotton:
- Conventional cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop due to using about 25% of the world’s insecticides.
- Worldwide, cotton covers 2.5% of the cultivated land and cotton growers use 16% of the world’s pesticides.
- Five of the top nine pesticides used on cotton in the U.S. (cyanide, dicofol, naled, propargite, and trifluralin) are KNOWN cancer-causing chemicals. All nine are classified by the U.S. EPA as Category I and II— the most dangerous chemicals.
- Cotton (83%) is one of the top four of GMO crops.
- On an average, 90 percent of U.S. cotton in 2010 was genetically engineered,
You can visit EcoChoices.com for more information.
Organic cotton not only doesn’t use pesticides, but it uses a lot less water. How? Most organic cotton is rain-fed and not irrigated because organic cotton is a rotation crop. When crops are rotated the soil maintains its nutrients and is better able to hold water. Conventional cotton depletes the soil, and leaves the soil incapable of holding water.
And Organic Cotton farms keep lots of people employed because the weeds are hand picked to keep the ground happy.
Maybe one day, we will eradicate regular cotton for good and the world will be a better place for all of us!