I don’t hide the fact that I loves me some organic cotton and bamboo, and I make it a point to only buy cotton products if they’re organic. Most people don’t really realize that there is a pretty hefty price tag that comes along with the soft, cotton shirt they wear. Not only does cotton cultivation result in the greatest amount of pesticide runoff out of all crops, but it is also mostly grown from GM cotton plants. That’s right: most cotton in the clothes you wear is made out of GM cotton.
This might not seem like such a big deal when you look at it in the light that says “well, I’m not eating it so who cares?” Well, you should care. There have been reports in India that farmers who allow their goats to graze on harvested cotton plantations are seeing massive die-offs in their goat herds. They are also reporting rashes and all sorts of other things. In fact, there is a growing body of research that has found a possible link between GM cotton clothing and skin rashes or allergies in adults and children.
To avoid all this garbage, I just buy the organic cotton. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, but I just plain love the cotton/bamboo mixture. It feels so amazing on your skin that you won’t be able to believe that it’s made out of bamboo. Shirts like this one from the Natural Clothing Company are a really great way to do something good while also making yourself more comfortable. For my money, the comfort of these shirts just can’t be beat by the “franken-cotton” that most people are wearing these days. There’s no itch, no stiffness, and man do these shirts dry way faster than plain old cotton shirts.
It really is crazy to think about just how many ways GM crops are invading our lives without most of us knowing anything about it. Thankfully, it’s really not that difficult to avoid them if you know where and how to look.