Why Organic Cotton Is Better Over Conventional Cotton

Posted by Arijit Mazumdar on

Stack of organic cotton t-shirts from Northmist with organic wash care label"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." -Frank Lloyd Wright once said. Most of the civilian population in our world are uninformed or unconscious about the extremely harmful effects of chemicals that are utilized in the agricultural sector. Conventional farming is a production system which uses synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides. Genetic- engineering and modification, mono-cropping and injection of antibiotics also fall under conventional farming.

The effects of this system are damaging towards humans, animals and most importantly, the plants that we consume. These effects include soil degradation and erosion, diseases affecting all living organisms, water contamination, and dead zones in oceans, resistant pests, and expensive clean-up. There has been a prominent upward trend in the frequency of infections related to exposure to toxic chemicals in industrialized societies.

We need to ethically reorient our ways of approaching the resources that remain on this planet. Switching to organic farming may not be as productive and profitable as conventional farming but it certainly does make a better impact in the long run.

Organic cotton is an emerging improvement, which can bring sustainable and regenerative methods into cotton farming. Organic farming largely excludes all of the above additives and relies upon crop rotations, crop residues, animal manures, legumes, green manures, off-farm organic wastes instead. Organic manure provides the optimal condition in the soil for high yields and good quality crops. It lowers input costs, helps to avoid chain reaction in the environment, saves water, and keeps all organisms safe.

The organic cotton that is produced is much softer and durable due to less breakage of fibers. It has natural wicking properties and absorbs dye color easily and stabilizes eco fibers. Usage of organic cotton also enables fair trade which means higher income for factory workers, laborers and other produces.

Along with style and fitting, we need to review the material that we use or wear as our choice influences the environment majorly. Being the top consumers in the food chain, we need to do more and it is our responsibility to look into these aspects if we wish to keep our generation alive.  

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