Demand Organic Cotton

02 Feb

I spend a lot of time talking about food on this blog. However, food is not the only thing we raise or grow. A lot of our clothing comes from plants and animals as well. The first two clothing materials, that come to mind and come from farms are cotton (plant) and wool (animal- sheep).

Just because these substances do not enter our bodies does not mean that we should not consider how they are grown and try to reduce the environmental implications of growing these plants or raising these animals. According to the Rhodale Institute and Greenpeace, organic cotton farmers in India are having a hard time keeping their farms GMO-cotton free.

The farmers are willing to invest time and money into keeping their fields GMO free, but they need the help of customers that buy products made from their GMO-free cotton. This means that more people need to demand organic cotton or else it will be hard for these farmers to compete against cheaper GMO-cotton seeds.

Why should we care? Because tradition cotton farmers use high quantities of pesticides. These pesticides have a huge impact on local biodiversity, are very expensive for farmers and runoff into the surrounding environment and alter the breakdown of species.


Posted by on February 2, 2010 in sustainability


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3 responses to “Demand Organic Cotton

  1. emmadando23

    March 4, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I think one of the problems is that not that many people know about organic cotton or GMO free products. If they did, then more poeple would take more care with what types of clothes they buy and from where. People are aware of organic foods as it’s advertised and displayed everywhere, the same should be done with organic cottons.

    • aaanimals

      March 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm

      That is a great point. Do you know of any places where this information is available? I’ll look into doing a post next week on where to find organic cotton. Thanks for your feedback.

  2. emmadando23

    March 22, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I’m afraid I don’t know where to find any information, except for doing a google search. This is another reason why poeple don’t know what it is, most people aren’t going to have the time or patience to look through a ton of websites to find out about organic cotton.
    I’ll look forward to you post, if you do one.


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