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Why Buy Organic Cotton? December 18, 2007

Filed under: Eco-Friendly Living — Rachel @ 4:09 pm
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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.

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