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Organic Cotton

ABOUT ORGANIC COTTON

Organic cotton is generally understood as cotton and is grown in subtropical countries from non genetically modified plants, that is to be grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilisers or pesticides. Its production also promotes and enhances biodiversity and biological cycles.

ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT

Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop. Other environmental consequences of the elevated use of chemicals in the non organic cotton growing methods consist of:

High levels of agrochemicals are used in the production of non-organic, conventional cotton. Cotton production uses more chemicals per unit area than any other crop and accounts in total for 10-16% of the world’s pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants).

Chemicals used in the processing of cotton pollute the air and surface waters.

Residual chemicals may irritate consumers’ skin.

Decreased biodiversity and shifting equilibrium of ecosystems due to the use of pesticides.

ADVANTAGES

Cotton growers who make the transition to biologically based growing practices expect not only to offer a healthier and cleaner product, but also to benefit the planet. Some of the contributions to the different ecosystems include:

  • Protecting surface and groundwater quality (eliminating contaminants in surface runoff)
  • Reduced risk in insect and disease control by replacing insecticide with the manipulation of ecosystems
  • Long-term prevention of pests through beneficial habitat planting
  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Eliminate the use of toxic chemicals used in cotton
  • Organic certification

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