The cultivation of cotton due to the use of high chemical fertilisers and pesticides leads to severe soil and water degradation and can be absorbed through skin contact, consumption, or inhalation, leading to both short-term and serious long-term effects on the health .
The conventional production of cotton involves the application of substantial fertilizers and pesticides which threaten the quality of soil and water and health of biodiversity in and downstream from the fields. Further, it raises health concerns for farm workers and nearby communities. The runoff water with the pesticides, fertilizers, and minerals from cotton fields contaminates the nearby rivers, lakes, wetlands, and underground aquifers. These pollutants directly affect biodiversity by immediate toxicity or long-term accumulation.
It is believed that conventional cotton accounts for 25% of the insecticides used worldwide. The residue from these poisons are transferred from soil making their way into the fibers of our conventional cotton clothing which further leads to several health issues.
Kind of Solution required: Alternative practices to toxic chemicals in the form of fertilisers and pesticides