Cotton pesticides statistics

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US dollars spent on cotton pesticides

Worldwide, this year

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1,862,627,815

US dollars spent on cotton pesticides

Worldwide, this year

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Cotton pesticides statistics are not that...
nice to look at. Cotton is the crop in the world that is sprayed with most chemicals.

Top 5 facts about pesticides for cotton

1

Your t-shirt is tainted with chemicals

More chemical pesticides are used for cotton than for any other crop. Cotton accounts for 16 percent of global insecticide releases. 60 percent of the world’s cotton is used for clothing and another 35 percent for home furnishing.


2

It’s not cough medicine

Aldicarp is a commonly used cotton pesticide. A single drop of aldicarp absorbed through the skin can kill an adult. Cotton pesticides so toxic that they were banned under the Soviet regime are still being used in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is the world’s second largest cotton exporter.


3

The effects of pesticides

Cotton pesticides can prevent individual nerve cells from communicating with one another. Effects also include impaired memory, severe depression, disruption of the immune system, paralysis and death.


4

It’s in your clothes

The use of hazardous pesticides during cotton production can also be detected in various pieces of clothing made from cotton.


5

8,000 chemicals in your clothes

Prints on clothing is typically made from PVC, phthalates and other harmful chemicals. Up to 8,000 chemicals can be used in the production and processing of textiles - for dyeing, treating, printing and finishing.



Pesticides for cotton

According to the Environmental Justice Foundation, up to 2.6 billion US dollars are spend on cotton pesticides annually.


Your t-shirt is tainted with chemicals

It’s not cough medicine

The effects of pesticides

It’s in your clothes

8,000 chemicals in your clothes

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