The Use of Organic Cotton

One of the most important plants in human history is cotton. Cotton is the most widely used natural fiber in clothing products, more than wool or other non-synthetic fabrics.

Unfortunately, cotton plants also use more chemicals than plants grown by other humans. Perhaps because of the long history of cotton plants, there are many species of animals that prey on plants throughout the world. In addition, cotton is known to take large amounts of nutritional elements from the soil where it is grown, causing mass producers to need the use of industrial fertilizers to grow them. In many regions of the world, cotton is now grown using genetically modified seeds, which causes plants to grow faster and produce more cotton than natural plants.

All of these unnatural practices in growing cotton have their consequences. The use of pesticides has always meant that not only target species, but beneficial ones, are killed off during the spread of the chemicals. In addition, these poisons have been known to cause human deaths, as well as build up in the bodies of animals and humans up and down the food chain.

The use of fertilizers often renders the soil useless after three or four crops, due to “burn”. The soil not only ceases to be of use for cotton farming, but for any kind of agriculture whatsoever, and this contributes to the problem of desertification.

Finally, the problems of genetic engineering are so plentiful they can hardly be listed. They put the means of production entirely in the hands of unscrupulous organizations, limit the biodiversity of the planet, and may even result in the extinction of natural species.

The way to solve all of these issues is by using organic cotton, or only products made from organic cotton.

Organic cotton is different from large scale cotton production in many different ways. First of all, crops are grown using 100% natural cotton seeds. The individual farmer can still make a living, and there is no worry about limiting the resources of the Earth.

Organic cotton is also grown using only natural fertilizers, or fertilizers made from natural material. Once the year’s crop has been harvested, the field will be used for another agricultural purpose the following year. This means that nutrients are re-supplied, and that the soil has a chance to regain its growing capacity.

Finally, no pesticides are used in the growth of organic cotton. Instead, populations of the natural enemies of the cotton crop are encouraged; perhaps even through introduction and cultivation.

The end result is the use of organic cotton very much. There is a small chance that toxic substances dissolve into the ecosystem and are even absorbed into our bodies when we wear clothes made of cotton. The earth maintains its biodiversity, and there is no damage to harmless populations of animals and insects.