| Field To Factory: Organic Cotton|
||Natural, untreated. Not genetically modified, which
means there are no patent laws prohibiting farmers
from collecting, saving and replanting seeds.
||Typically treated with fungicides or insecticides.
GM seeds used for 87% of US cotton. Patent laws
require farmers to buy new GM seeds every year,
increasing their costs.
||Crop rotation and composting promote soil health.
Organic matter retains moisture.
||Monoculture (consistent planting of one crop)
depletes nutrients in soil, synthetic fertilizers
|WEED & INSECT MANAGEMENT
||Healthy soil creates stronger plants that are more
resistant to pests and disease. Companion crops
lure harmful insects or attract beneficial bugs.
||Spraying of pesticides. The five most commonly
used pesticides are either suspected carcinogens
||Natural defoliation from freezing temperatures or
||Defoliation with toxic chemicals.
||Healthier environment for farm workers. Cotton
byproducts—plant waste, ground seeds for
livestock feed, oil for processed food—are not
contaminated with chemicals.
||High risk of worker health issues. Fertilizers and
pesticides pollute water, soil and food supply.
||Initial cost is more expensive. Consumers make
a long-term investment in the environment and
||Initial cost cheaper because doesn't include
impact on planet and people.