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The Better Cotton Initiative

You may come across the Better Cotton Initiative. Reportedly, prominent companies are jumping on the Better Cotton Initiative bandwagon. According to the following link, http://assets.wwf.ch/downloads/qa_shortfacts_cotton.pdf, dated August 2009, the Better Cotton Initiative, at this time, included the use of cotton grown from genetically modified seeds. One can argue the benefits and detriments of genetically modified seeds.

At Organically Grown, we have nothing to do with the Better Cotton Initiative. When the BCI standard is organic, we will support their efforts. We are committed to providing our customers with 100% certified organic cotton, made without the use of pesticides and GMOs.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



Organically Grown Salutes Emma Watson

Because of the blockbuster success of the Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson has become a worldwide superstar at a young age. Even more impressively, Emma has used her celebrity for a higher cause and has shown concern for the planet by shining a spotlight on the importance of wearing organic clothing.

Much like the Harry Potter books enticed children who were busy playing video games to pick up a book, Emma is a role model to other young people who may not otherwise know or care about organic clothing options. At Organically Grown, we admire and thank her for her extraordinary efforts.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



The Legend of Bobblehead Bob
January 5, 2011, 12:19 am
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Emily and Yaima decided to get me a bobblehead of myself for Christmas. Well, what can I say? I thought about it long and hard. Were they trying to tell me that I am a talking head that annoyingly tells them the same stupid stories over and over? Even though these stories are designed in my mind to inspire them? Well…that may be the case. But, let’s face it…It’s really a cool gift. After all, a lot of thought went into it, and who can really brag that they have their very own bobblehead? They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I embrace my bobblehead, which does have a striking resemblance to myself. I named him Bobblehead Bob.

I have spent the last three years of my life trying to get the organic cotton message out: According to the Organic Exchange, there are 456 million of pounds of pesticides used in conventional cotton production, and many of these pesticides are on the EPA’s list of known, likely, or probable human carcinogens. As a result, farm workers get sick, runoff creates water contamination , and so on and so forth. I have shared this sad reality  so many times that I am beginning to feel like a bobblehead myself. There is so much more work ahead before everyday people hear the battle cry and the world shifts to a healthier choice: the organic standard.

Whenever you change the world, it takes time…And then it happens in an instant. When the universe opens up, people learn the truth and traditional ways of doing things are no longer sustainable. So until the change happens, I will be a bobblehead, shouting from the rooftops.

I AM BOBBLEHEAD BOB!

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



Can China Turn Cotton Green?

I just read an  fascinating article by Chris Wood that appeared in the February edition of Miller-McCune Magazine ( this is a great magazine).  The article cites one Chinese official as conceding that in 2006, the cumulative cost of environmental damage and pollution-related health care had effectively offset all of China’s widely envied 10 percent annual economic growth. Wow!
The Chinese government has essentially acknowledged they no longer can sustain a path of self destruction. This isn’t China’s problem , it’s all of our problem…and do you really think other countries aren’t having the same problem?…They are…And we all have to deal with it.
According to the Organic Exchange, 456 million pounds of toxic pesticides are used in conventional cotton production per year, the water supply and rivers become contaminated, farm workers become sick…7 out of 10 of the pesticides used are known, likely or probable carcinogens according to the EPA.
This would not be a problem if organic farming methods were mandated. Organically Grown’s cotton is made without harmful pesticides and other toxins.  The connection between what you wear and the effect it has on our planet…is obvious.  This is why we started, Organically Grown.
I strongly urge you to read this article.  Please go to http://www.greenerdesign.com/bio/chris-wood and buy our products http://shoporganicallygrown.com and support all organic products.