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Cotton's Dirty Little Secret

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Cotton, in spite of its global prevalence, actually causes quite a few problems, all of which affect the entire world. Cotton uses an enormous amount of water, causes soil erosion and degradation, and uses more insecticides and pesticides than almost

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 10:57 am
Okay, get busy and make it available ~ I'll buy it. I'd be buying it now except I'd have to drive to Philly or NYC to find it.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 1:05 pm
Noted, thanks.

S S (0)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 1:21 pm
Thank you.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 1:28 pm
hemp uses less resources.

. (0)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 2:03 pm
Really interesting article -thanks Cher.

Yvonne Taylor (37)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 2:12 pm
My Mother lives next to cotton fields in Calif. The town has a water shortage, yet water gushes constantly day and night for the cotton crops, when other methods of watering could be employed. Not only that, the spray they fly over the fields has caused my daughter and I to come down with Litles disease which there is no real cure for. And that was from the planes flying over the fields and dropping pesticides ( inspections of what pesticides are being used is basically non existent) sometimes right over the house when we were visiting her. Getting rid of cotton is not the answer, but better methods of watering and inspecting what pesticides are being used would be a huge help. And they continue to grow cotton in her town in the same places over and over, for decades now, depleting the soil. My mother's well keeps going dry and she has to keep digging it deeper and deeper, the city has water conservation on the towns people, yet water pours an enormous amount into the fields 24/7

Sandi C (98)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 2:31 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 3:13 pm
Hemp versus cotton. In search of the most sustainable fabrics, we pit cotton against hemp.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 3:28 pm
Hemp Vs. Cotton:

Cotton uses up to 40% of all agricultural pesticides. Hemp uses no pesticides and crowds out weeds without herbicides.

Hemp fabric is three times stronger than cotton fabric of the same weight; it is also warmer, more absorbent, and last longer.

Hemp has the look of classic linen and can have the feel of your favorite flannel. Hemp materials will also soften with age and with each washing.

The cotton plant needs about 50 percent more water per season than hemp, which can grow with little irrigation.

Cotton can take anywhere from six to eight months to harvest, while hemp only needs three months. Natural hemp grows twice as fast as cotton.

Top 5 Reasons Why Hemp Fabric is Better Than Cotton

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 6:03 pm
Thanks Cher, and I agree that hemp is a much better choice.

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 6:42 pm
It is a big lie that Monsanto tells the rural farmers. Their Bt cotton does do all these things. But what they tell the farmer is exactly, untruthfully, completely opposite to this.

In India, the suicide rate for farmers is 30X higher than in any urban city.

They buy the Bt. Cotton at an exorbitant price . They put up their farms; the only property they own and depend on to make a living, has been in the family for generations, as collateral to the bank in order to buy these "glorious" seeds that are "drought resistant, bug proof and produce a vastly more abundant and higher quality crop".

Many of these farmers can't even read.

What a shock when the truth becomes self evident.

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 6:45 pm
Question...The list of things to banish
is so very long. What is left?

Answer Planet Earth


Azaima A (207)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 7:35 pm
go hemp

Robert O (12)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 10:40 pm
Thank you Cher.

reft h (66)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 11:18 pm
So far the only thing I've been able to buy made of hemp are socks. I thought by now there would be more hemp clothing out there, I don't know why it isn't more common.

Helga Ganguly (138)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 11:23 pm
Actually ,I bought a salwar kameez and chuni made of hemp and it felt just like cotton. I must dig it out. It was made in Bangalore.So they must use a little .I thought it would be scratchy but it was just fine.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 3:18 am

Lindsay K (6)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 4:05 am
Thanks you

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 4:21 am

Klaus Peters (14)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 5:15 am
Cotton is a Monsanto crop and forced many farmers, especially in India, to ruin or suicide. The Monsanto crops needed a lot more water than the farmers original cotton crops, not to mention the cost of the seeds and the poison they attracted. That is Monsanto and their a likes.
Looking at cotton before Monsanto: The huge Aral Sea in the southern part of the former CCCP (Uzbekistan) is almost gone, because of cotton irrigation. Bamboo and hemp seem a lot more attractive in the textile industry, but the cotton and Monsanto lobby will not allow this since it is US controlled. I hope Asia will take the stand on this and wipe cotton out.

. (0)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 9:31 am
I've known about this for years. I don't understand why you wouldn't grow hemp which is just as durable as cotton and has a 1001 more uses. Hemp is a high yield, adaptable plant that requires very little water and no pesticides or fertilizers. It will grow just about anywhere too.

Rehana V (0)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:40 am
Very interesting,who would have thought that cultivating cotton would be so problematic.

Winnie A (179)
Friday September 27, 2013, 5:38 pm
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