Since world war 2, farmers have been tempted to use high chemical inputs in the hope of higher yields and income. Pests are reduced and production good for a few years, then pests develop resistance leading to more applications of increasingly toxic products.
Reduced soil fertility, salinisation, loss of biodiversity, water pollution from finishing processes, changes to the water balance and chemical poisoning are among a few of the additional costs to human health and the environment.
Genetically engineered cotton, of which there are two types, is now in production...
One type is herbicide-tolerant, containing a gene that could easily be transferred to related weeds, thus creating an even bigger problem for the future, to say nothing of the harmful effects of the herbicides used.
The other contains Bt, a pest-killing toxin, which has been used in its natural form to control insects by organic farmers for years. The use of Bt in cotton production will cause resistance to build up in insects and possibly the migration of the gene to wild plants. How can these products benefit anyone but the biotechnology companies who have designed them?
Organic cotton needs support
Organic cotton production has only developed as a viable alternative to conventional cotton within the last fifteen years. In some cases, farmers have met with resistance from the establishment.
Buying organic goods offers support and encouragement to these pioneering farmers and will ensure them much deserved success.
ClothWorks BoutIque Ethique - committed to organic cotton
With our ever-expanding organic cotton Essentials range of women's clothing, we at ClothWorks will continue to maintain our committment to organic cotton and sustainable agriculture.
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