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CONVENTIONAL COTTON: PESTICIDES

There can be no better argument in favour of producing organic cotton than the fact that it does not use pesticides and insecticides.

One of the most alarming features of the production process of conventional cotton growing is that the annual global crop uses between 16% and 20% of the worlds’ annual usage of pesticides. That is an awful lot of artificially manufactured poisons being sprayed onto cotton crops or subsequently leaching down into the soils below. This is both a moral dilemma and an ecological disaster, and when the full facts of the results of these transgressions, (as they impact on the small scale Indian farmer), are revealed, it can only be described as criminal negligence.

There are many phenomena that seem to repeat themselves in the natural world, and one of them is developing a resistance to threats to the entities survival. In this case it is the number of pests that continually plague the cotton grower in India. These pests have a habit of building up resistances to the chemicals used to control them. This has the obvious result in that more and more pesticides must be used to eradicate them. This increase in pesticide usage will inevitably result in an increase in polluting local waterways, compromising the environment and harming much valued farmers’ livestock.

A continued upsurge in pesticide requirements will necessitate the development of newer and stronger pesticides and add to the already spiralling costs that farmers in India have to endure.

It is no secret that in poor Indian farming communities, that highly hazardous pesticides are used with little or no education as to their adverse consequences on the health of farmers and their families. The concept of adequate safety equipment that should be employed whilst applying these chemicals is totally alien to these communities.

The human cost of the excessive use of chemicals is sadly all too obvious. Most people who come in contact with these products are adversely affected. There are skin disorders, breathing problems, neurological issues, etc. Far too many of these unfortunate disorders can be directly attributed to having been exposed to these toxic chemicals that are used in conventional cotton fertilizers.

Organic,Organic,Organic, it has to be the catch cry of the new millennia. If and when all the facts are on the table, it will be obvious that sum total of human choices are fast running out.
For more information on Organic Cotton Farming please use the link below.
It was a Blog that I (at BellaBabyOrganic) had previously written.

https://bellababyorganic.com.au/an-organic-story/

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