02/28/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Organic Fabric By The Yard: Why And Where To Get It

Organic cotton is expensive but clearly a good fabric to buy, especially in comparison with conventional cotton. The statistics on pesticides in conventional cotton are almost cartoonish. The USDA's 2008 Agricultural Chemical Usage report tells us there are 10.2 million acres of cotton in 11 major cotton-producing U.S. states, and these acres received 52.25 million pounds of pesticides.

Cotton uses more pesticides than any other crop, more than 10 percent of the world's pesticides, and 25 percent of the world's insecticides. Many of these chemicals are considered carcinogens. Organic cotton avoids conventional pesticides and the attendant water, land, air, and worker contamination problems.

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