The Hazardous Effects of Pesticides in Conventional Cotton
A lot of people are unaware of the facts related to conventional cotton, used as a global product. Specifically, the ones related to the hazardous effects. Cotton is considered the world's most used product and the world's dirtiest crop.
On the other hand, we all know how cotton is used in our clothing, furniture, bedding, personal care and even the food supply. We are unveiling the truth behind all the hazardous effects of cotton caused by pesticides.
The Heavy Use Of Pesticides In Cotton Products - And What It May Lead To
Many people believe cotton is a fully 'natural' product. However, the reality is far from this statement. The problem with conventional cotton can be best broken down into these aspects:
- Chemicals inside cotton are known to kill the leaves on cotton plants even before it is harvested by mechanical pickers.
- Chemicals are also drifting down to the actual products later on and create disorders which can lead to asthma attacks, headaches, tremors, and fatigue.
- Cotton is known to be a very pesticide-intensive crop.
- Cotton is a plant that consumes more than 16% of the insecticides and about 7% of all the herbicides used worldwide.
- Cotton is also one of the most chemically intensive crops.
- The billions of pounds of fertilizers used are not even close to destroying these chemicals - instead, they are listed as 'possible,' 'probable,' 'likely' and 'known' human carcinogens (involved in causing cancer) by the Environmental Protection Agency.
According to the World Health Organization, eight of the top 10 pesticides most commonly used on U.S. conventionally produced cotton were classified as moderately to highly hazardous.
Fortunately for us, there is a way out of this hazardous reality - known as organic cotton.
How Organic Cotton Solves The Pesticide Issue And Brings 100% Safe And Healthy Products To The Market
What was once a mystery is a reality. The organic cotton industry is growing, and there are many large producers in various states and countries. The increase in cost is still minimal, but the benefits are endless.
Buying organic cotton helps people keep the pesticides out of the food supply. On top of that, it outperforms the 35% of conventional cotton that is turned into cloth with a mere 60% of the plant crushed and separated into oil, meal, and hulls to end as a product for sale.
From an environmental perspective, organic cotton is also better for the environment and beneficial to the wildlife, eliminating the potential deaths of many birds and animals from the effects of agricultural chemicals sprayed on conventional cotton and other crops.
Replacing Conventional Cotton Is Tough, But Not Impossible
Organic cotton growers are slowly changing the natural world. They are helping us benefit from this new industry - and most importantly, helping us eliminate any potential disorders that come from cotton in our ordinary life. Without using any synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, they are creating a product that is free of defoliants and 100% safe to wear, sit on or simply use in our everyday lives.
So, next time you think about buying another cotton T-shirt, cotton furniture or a bedding set - just think about the facts and the number of chemical fertilizers, active ingredients, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and defoliants it comprises of (which is about 17 teaspoons of them combined on average).
With more than 193 thousand organic farmers and more than a dozen countries growing organic cotton nowadays, the organic cotton industry is expanding year by year - not to mention brands efforts on 'pushing' more and more organic products in their lines.
Are you willing to pay a little more for a T-shirt, a piece of furniture or bedding set?