About 25 percent of the world’s insecticide use and more than 10 percent of the world’s pesticide goes to cotton crops. In 2003, that amounted to about 55 million pounds of pesticides being sprayed on 12.8 million acres of cotton, according to the Organic Trade Association. Some of these chemicals are considered to be the most toxic chemicals in the world. The health risks of pesticide exposure include birth defects, reproductive disorders and weaker immune systems.
In many countries, cotton is still hand picked; therefore anyone working in those fields is exposed to extreme amounts of toxic chemicals. The chemicals can also affect others in the community once they have seeped into the water supply. With so many products made from cotton, we are all exposed to these chemicals at some point. Even some baked goods, cookies and salad dressing contain cottonseed.
Water use is another issue with conventional cotton production. Crops use intensive irrigation and some estimates say cotton crops are the largest water user among agricultural crops. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides and insecticides, and are not genetically modified. For organic cotton cultivation, only methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment are used. Crop rotation assures that the soil used to grow organic cotton remains healthy and full of nutrients. Organic cotton cultivation reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and build biologically diverse agriculture.
With organic cultivation, water remains clean and free of toxins and disease. It also protects the planet by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from synthetic pesticides. These can end up in the ground, air, water and food supply, and are associated with health consequences, from asthma to cancer. Choosing organic cotton products is the easiest way to protect yourself and your skin.
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