Press Release - The Deadly Chemicals in Cotton
Posted on March 06 2012
Cotton, the most valuable non-food agricultural product, is labelled as the world's “dirtiest” crop:
- US$2 billion’s worth of chemicals are sprayed on the world’s cotton crop every year, almost half of which is considered toxic enough to be classified as hazardous by the World Health Organisation.
- Cotton is responsible for the release of 16% of global insecticides – more than any other single crop.
- In total, almost 1kg of hazardous pesticides is applied for every hectare of global cropland under cotton.