From the Sustainable Cotton Project
- Cotton uses about 25% of the world’s insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides
- In the US, 25% of all pesticides used are applied to cotton
- In California, 5 of the top 9 pesticides used on cotton are cancer-causing chemicals (cyanazine, dicofol, naled, propargite, and trifulralin)
- All of the top 9 pesticides used in California are labeled by the US Environmental Protection Agency as Category I or Category II materials, the most toxic classifications
- In India, 91% of male cotton farm workers regularly exposed to pesticides eight hours or more per day experience some type of health disorder, including chromosomal aberrations, cell death, and cell decay
- Cotton fibers account for almost 50% of the textile market worldwide
- Globally, nearly 90 million acres of cotton are grown. The US is the 2nd largest cotton producer in the world.
- As much as two-thirds of a cotton crop can creep into the food chain. Each year, half a million tons of cottonseed oil make its way into salad dressings, baked goods, and snack food; another 3 million tons of raw cottonseed oil are fed to beef and dairy cattle.
For more info check out www.sustainablecotton.org