The Pesticides You Might Be Wearing Every Day
In the world of textiles, cotton has long been highly regarded by the masses. After all, it comes from the ground, not like that synthetic business of polyester or rayon. But as fast fashion grows and clothing production increases, the demand for cotton has reached such an exorbitant level that farmers are chemically treating crops by the acre in an effort to keep up.
In this clip, fashion documentary The True Cost visits the High Plains of Texas, where 3.6 million acres of cotton reside, investigating the effects these chemicals have on the plants, the land, and the surrounding community, most of which is still largely unknown.
LaRhea Pepper, managing director of Textile Exchange in Lubbock, Texas, explains that in the past 10 years, 80 percent of the region’s crops have become genetically modified.