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Cotton: traditional vs. organic

Cotton is one of the main raw materials used by the clothing industry and is grown in over 60 countries. Traditionally, large amounts of strong synthetic pesticides and insecticides are used to protect the cotton crop (because cotton isnít a food product, the laws on the use of chemicals are not very strict). These chemicals go into the air, soil and water around the fields, harming or killing wildlife and farm workers. Cotton pesticides also enter our food chain through foods that contain cottonseed oil and through meat and dairy products from cows fed on cottonseed meal.

In contrast, organic cotton is grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilisers. As a result, it does not pollute the ground, water and air, or poison farmers, farm workers and their families. Cotton farmers who switch to organic methods find that the amount of cotton they produce decreases at first, but overall their income tends to be higher than that of traditional farmers. This is because:

See http://www.simplelife.com/organiccotton for more information

 

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