Many of us have heard of dirty dozen that are “must Buy” as organic. Meaning that pesticides residues are larger on those twelve foods. And, if you buy them organic, avoid putting chemical toxins in your body.
But what about the cotton we wear? It really makes a difference if it is organic?
Consider this; the skin is the largest organ of your body. It is a living organism, which exudes, hair, moisturizes, hydrates, Burns, fades, scars and heals.
Cotton is an ideal material for comfort and his ability to breathe with the body.
But, what I didn’t realize, and one cannot know are the levels of pesticides used in the elaboration of this precious commodity.
Here are a two jaw-dropping statistics from our friends at White apricot;
1. Traditional cotton is the second most pesticide loads picked up worldwide! (accounting for about 25% of pesticide use in the world).
2. you take 1/3 pound of chemicals (including cyanide, dicofol, naled, sulfite ester insecticides and trifluralin-all known to cause cancer) to grow traditional enough to make just one cotton t-shirt. Whaat?
Organic cotton on the other hand is tilled in soil certified pesticides and herbicides-free, using organic agriculture methods, which produce healthy tissue, preserving the quality of our water and prevent toxins from entering the human food chain in the form of cotton seed and other byproducts. ”
In turn, not only organic cotton produces a product that is healthier against your skin, the organic process eliminates the fallout is harmful to our environment which can cause traditional agriculture.
So the obvious question is why not all Discount this way?
The short answer is that the results and returns with organic farming is less certain and in turn more expensive.
From chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are not permitted in organic farming, the job becomes more intense. crop rotation, beneficial insects introduced and monitored, composting, are some of the methods used. All are extremely successful, but not without risks.
There is a lot of hard work that goes into all farmed products, but I’m finding, and it can be agreed that organic farmers are a special breed, with a lot of heart!
I hope that you will join me in making the organic choice number one.
If so, be sure that the products are GOTS certified organic or OTA. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misleading information out there. The products labeled “natural” “eco-friendly” “sustainable”, or even calling them “organic” when they cannot gives you the quality standards that they imply.