Nobody will dispute the fact that the world’s most popular fabric is cotton. Cotton is used for almost any type of cotton clothes such as sportswear, sleepwear, jackets, dresses, underwear, sweaters, shirts, socks and much more. There is a myriad of other uses of cotton used every day in products that are quite unthinkable.
When you keep in mind that we have a global environmental crises around global warming and as much as possible must be done to save the world, then it makes sense to go for organic cotton farming as well. It is a fact that traditional cotton farming is also having its impact on the environment and with the high demand on cotton alternative farming methods such as organic cotton farming must take precedence.
With the many uses of cotton the demand for cotton grows tremendously and cotton clothes are also something that will never lose its attraction. The demand for cotton obviously makes for more competition and producers of cotton use more pesticides than ever before. It is safe to say that cotton is one of the most pesticide dependant crops as it increases around the world.
In the United States alone over fifty million pounds of cotton pesticides were used in a single year. The use of pesticides in traditional cotton farming is not only taking a toll on global environment, but can also have an impact on human health. A ¼ pound of pesticide is used in the production of only one item of cotton clothes.
Fertilizers and pesticides used on traditional cotton are also linked to surface and ground water contamination, resulting to the pollution of drinking water for humans and animals. Wild-life and fish are therefor also impacted as pesticides diminish reproductive capacity. When you look at some of the above statements it is clear that organic cotton growing should be considered by all cotton farmers.