Did you know?
The production of cotton crops consumes more than 25% of the world’s insecticides and 10% of pesticides. Yuck! It’s not just your veggies you need to watch out for. Cotton is known as the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop because of the toxins used in its production. Cotton ranks up there with soy, canola, and corn as one of the top genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the world. Over 90% of U.S. cotton is genetically engineered. And it’s not just your clothes, 60% of the cotton plant is seed by weight. This gets processed into cottonseed oil, found in an array of processed foods, and cottonseed meal that is then fed to livestock. How do organic farmers avoid fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides? Crop rotation for one. It is not natural for one crop to always be grown in the same soil. There is seasonality to plants for a reason. Crop rotation brings back a natural soil balance that helps to eliminate pest invasion. And without the toxic spraying of organic crops, birds, beetles, spiders and more are able to feast on the destructive pests. So buy organic, and stay clear of toxins! Verbatim: “The USDA organic seal verifies that irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides, and genetically modified organisms were not used.” So whether it’s your food, beauty products, or apparel who wants to consume something soaked in sludge or harmful fertilizers and pesticides?! Just like your skin absorbs some of the chemicals in cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, etc., so do residual toxins in fabrics leach into your pores. Did we mention that pesticide fumes carry with the wind, harming crop workers and local citizens? Tens of thousands of people die each year from cancers and illnesses related to these chemicals. Oh, and the chemicals don’t just carry through the air, they also invade public water sources. So let’s recap: non-organic cotton production uses genetically modified seeds (totally not natural in molecular structure) and deadly toxins that ride the wind, swim in our drinking water, and leach into our pores. No thank you.
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Photo Credit: Cara Harpole
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