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January 21, 2015, 2:40 am
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cf2ebfbf-263a-455f-a8ee-e48910041002Music icon Neil Young has taken a stand on many environmental issues, from co-founding Farm Aid to preaching about the benefits of the electric car.  Now Young is urging fans to purchase organic clothing.

Here are some of his reasoning for boycotting non-organic cotton:
– Cotton is the most widely used textile crop on earth – covering almost 5% of Earth’s cultivated land
– Cotton is second for most pesticide use of all crops & it uses 25% of all of the petrochemical based pesticides, fungicides and herbicides globally
– In the US, it takes about 1/3 of a pound of pesticides and herbicides to grow enough conventional cotton for just one T-shirt.
– The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in the United States as “possible,” “likely,” “probable,” or “known” human carcinogens (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin)
– These chemicals absorb into the soil which can affect nearby crops, get into water supplies and rivers and affect many lifeforms downstream.

At Organically Grown, we welcome Neil to our organic family and thank him for getting the message out about the dangers of non-organic cotton.