Growing Healthy Cotton

Cotton fabric is made from fiber of plants in the Gossypium genus. 

cotton flower 

cotton flower 

Cotton Boll

Cotton Boll

cotton fiber

cotton fiber

Organic Vs Conventional

 Organic agriculture is a method of farming that focuses on the long-term health of soils, plants, animals and people. Organic cotton does not use toxic chemicals as pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Organic cotton is GMO-free. Organic cotton farming uses less water. 

 On the other hand, conventional cotton uses mono-cropping and destructive tillage practices. Conventional cotton ranks as one of the dirtiest agricultural crops due to its intensive use of chemicals.

Health and the Environment

Cotton fiber is extremely absorbent. When agro-chemicals are sprayed on cotton plants, the cotton fibers absorb and retain those compounds.

Agro-chemicals leach into the water and soil, contaminating our drinking water and ecosystems. Agriculture is the largest polluter of water in the world and these toxic compounds cannot be completely filtered out.

Farmworkers and farmlands have concentrated exposure to these chemicals.

 

The Sustainable Solution

 Organic and sustainable agriculture techniques can actually rejuvenate the soil and eco-systems. Organic farming systems are free of the toxic agro-chemicals and GMO's that are devastating to our farmlands and our health. Even more, healthy farming systems will actually heal our soil, clean our water and produce healthy fibers for us to wear. Organic agriculture and natural farming systems have the greatest potential to restore the health of our ecosystems and ourselves. 

 

 

The Numbers

- In 2014, 91% of American grown cotton was GMO. 

- Eight of the top ten pesticides most commonly used on conventionally grown U.S. cotton were classified as moderately to highly hazardous by the World Health Organization.

- Just 2.4% of the world's arable land is planted with cotton yet conventional cotton accounts for 24% of the world's insecticide market and 11% of the sale of global pesticides, making it the most pesticide-intensive crop grown on the planet.