WHY WE USE ORGANIC COTTON?
Cotton is a natural fiber grown in tropical and subtropical lands, such as the United States, South America or India. Cotton is organic when it is not genetically modified or grown without the use of chemical or synthetic products, such as pesticides or fertilizers. Instead, the use of organic cotton have a low impact on the environment, which have an impact on rivers to be clean, decontaminated air, healthy and fertile land and healthy fruits. Additionally it allows farmers to grow healthier food and support their livestock, instead of being dependent on expensive chemicals and seeds.
WHY WE SHOULDN'T CULTIVATE WITH TRANSGENIC SEEDS?
- This seeds are tolerant to pesticides and herbicides.
- It favours the use of dangerous chemicals. 7 of the 15 main pesticides used in cotton crops are potential or known human carcinogens.
- The water runoffs causes the death of millions of fish and birds each year as well as the poisoning of groundwater.
- Farmers are affected by the toxicity of the chemicals they use.
- The crops are made to create a dependency on these seeds and other chemical products. In many cases they lock the farmers and they get immersed in a spiral of debt which they cannot leave.
ORGANIC VS CONVENTIONAL
- Seeds free of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism): Conservation of traditional seed varieties. Biological balance with a variety of beneficial organisms.
- Crop rotation: Improves and promotes biodiversity and biological cycles.
- Appropriate water management: protects the quality of surface and underground water.
- Greater load in organic matter: Natural balance created by healthy soils.
- Manipulation of the ecosystem. Beneficial insects, trap crops, natural treatments: Disappearance of diseases associated with chemical products. It improves people’s quality of life.
- Natural defrost (some latitudes). Break of irrigation or approved materials, not necessary in manual crops.
- Use of genetically modified seeds: High cost. Loss of power from farmers. Pests develop resistance to the toxin.
- Monoculture: Loss of soils.
- Intensive irrigation: Depletion of natural resources.
- Synthetic Fertilizers: Generates millions of tons of hazardous waste that affect many production regions.
- Aerial fumigation with insecticides and pesticides: Great pollution problems. Nine of the most commonly used pesticides are known carcinogens.