Friday, December 19, 2008

Organic Cotton is different...Vs Conventional Cotton

By choosing organically grown cotton, you can recap all the benefits of cotton's beauty, comfort, and strength while minimizing harm to people and the plant. In generally, there are five aspects (Seed Preparation, Soil & Water, Weed Control, Pest Control and Harvesting), which are different between Organic cotton and Conventional cotton.

Seed Preparation

- Use Untreated seeds.
- Never uses GMO (Genetically modified organism) seeds.

- Typically treats seeds with Fungicides or Insecticides.
- Use GMO seeds for approximately 70% of US-grown cotton.

Soil & Water

- Builds strong soil through Crop rotation.
- Retains water more efficiently thanks to increased Organic matter in the soil.

- Applies Synthetic fertilizers.
- Loss of soil due to predominantly Mono-Crop culture.
- Requires Intensive irrigation.

Weed Control

- Physical removal rather than chemical destruction.
- Controls weeds through cultivation and Hand hoeing.

- Applies Herbicides to soil to inhibit weed germination.
- Repeatedly uses Herbicides to kill weeds that do grow.

Pest Control

- Maintains a Balance between "pests" and their natural.
- Uses Beneficial insects, biological and culture practices to control pests.
- May use Trap crop, planted to lure insects away from the cotton.

- Uses Insecticides heavily, accounting for approximately 25% of world consumption.
- Uses Pesticides; the nine most common are highly toxic; five are probable carcinogens.
- Frequently uses Aerial spraying with potential drift onto farm workers, neighboring wildlife and communities.


- Relies mostly on the seasonal Freeze for defoliation.
- May stimulate defoliation through Water management.

- Defoliates with toxic Chemicals.

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