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Toxic Textiles

What’s the dirtiest crop on the planet? You may be wearing it.

At the production rate of 25 million tons  a year, cotton is one of the top four GMO crops in the world, and nearly 95 percent of that global cotton production is GMO and/or conventionally grown.

Cotton earned the title “dirtiest crop” because it’s sprayed with some of the worst pesticides, including Syngenta’s paraquat, a highly toxic pesticide banned in the European Union but not in the U.S.

GMO cotton isn’t just used to make clothes, bedding, towels and other textile products. Cottonseed oil and other cotton crop waste products also end up in hundreds of processed foods.

Consumers should be just as concerned about wearing GMO cotton (or drying off with it or sleeping on it) as they are about ingesting it.

Read ‘9 Reasons to Buy Organic Cotton’

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