Wear Organic Cotton Clothing and Save The Environment
by Vikas J Singh
quantities of insecticides and pesticides to protect it. About 25%of world's
insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides which also includes herbicides and
defoliants is used by cotton. Out of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton, at least 7
were considered to be "possible, likely, probable or known human carcinogens by
The Environment Protection Agency in 2000 in USA. These seven pesticides are
acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin.

Just to give you an idea of how poisonous these pesticides can be and what they do
to us and our planet, let me cite you an incident. In 1999, few workers re-entered a
cotton field around five hours after it was treated with tribufos and sodium chlorate.
Seven people had to seek medical treatment immediately afterwards and five out of
them had to undergo long term health problems. They were supposed to stay away
for 24 hours. To produce enough cotton to make just one t-shirt, 1/3lb of pesticide
and fertilizers are used. Rest I would leave to your imagination.

We should opt for organic cotton because it guards the health of planet and its
inhabitants by reducing the exposure to fatal chemicals of synthetic pesticides and
fertilizers that enter the food chain through ground, air and water. The resulting
health problems can range from asthma to cancer. As organically grown cotton is
free from toxins and persistent pesticides and choosing it is the simplest way to
protect yourself and your surroundings.

Organically cultivated cotton presses benign insects and biological and cultural
practises into action to manage pests and build strong soil. Organic farming is an
attempt to counter the problems linked with pesticides like reduced fertility of soil,
frequent water pollution, reduced biodiversity in the surroundings and livestock and
wild animal poisoning. Organic farming needs our support to make it a success. Go
for organic, save the planet!


About The Author

Vikas Singh is Marketing Director in Landmark International, a yarn export marketing
company engaged in the exports of all type of yarns such as cotton yarn, organic
yarn, compact yarn, cotton mercerized yarn, dyed yarn, melange yarns, acrylic yarn,
polyester yarn, blended yarn, hand knitting yarn, hand knitting needles. He can be
contacted at
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Recently, an upsurge has been
observed in the demand of organic
cotton clothing all over the world. But
considering the overall production of
cotton and cotton yarn, this shift is
too small for the environmentalists to
rejoice. To somebody uninitiated, it's
important to first understand why
organic cotton is better than ordinary
cotton for the health of people and
planet before they can appreciate the
increase in organic cotton demand.

Cotton is one of those crops that are
most vulnerable to insects and pests
so cotton growers use huge
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