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Organics for Baby, Beyond Food

By Mara Fleishman, March 24, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Mara Fleishman
Did you know that growing cotton uses more pesticides than any other cash crop? Most parents understand the importance of organic food for babies, yet there are also compelling reasons to consider organic cotton bedding and clothing. Get smart facts and more from Lynda Fassa, author, expert on raising kids naturally and founder of Green Babies organic clothing.

 

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Gregg Smith says ...
Please cite your sources regarding cotton and pesticide usage. The only statistics I can find are from 1995 and are clearly outdated. The latest stats I can find are from (the admittedly biased) cottoninc.com and show a signficant decrease in pesticide usage in the past decade. As the son of a mid-size cotton farmer, I know he's using fewer pesiticides and growing more sustainable cotton since I worked on the farm with him as a youth. He makes fewer passes through the field, uses of cover crops and focuses on the quality of the soil. I believe it's irresponsible to make such a claim without a source. I realize I'm biased, but I'm also open-minded. I truly wish I hadn't been as exposed to pesticides as I was when I worked on the farm. I'm glad to see the usage has decreased and the processes are much safer today. Thanks for allowing me to comment on your statement. Buying cotton period is good for everyone.
03/24/2009 10:33:53 AM CDT
Roy Hanni says ...
Do your kids and your self a favor, by using the none toxic, no alcohol, no fake coloring or flavoring toothpaste and rinse. Which have all beneficial ingredients to support healthy teeth, I personally think we have to go back to basic, organic and nature... Roy and Lori Hanni RDH OMT
03/24/2009 12:15:20 PM CDT
Danielle Wheeler says ...
That is an amazing statistic that she gives- only 3% of the crop but using 25% of the pesticides. I, like your first commenter, would like a source. It is good to hear from him that pesticide usage has gone down. I am frustrated by the fact that Organic seems to be a reason to raise the price point. It is good to hear that prices are becoming more comparable as the demand goes up.
03/24/2009 11:21:56 PM CDT
paig292 says ...
@Gregg: Thanks for posting. Here's a response from Lynda: Hi Gregg. Thanks for viewing our video and for your request for sources. There are many that substantiate that conventional cotton worldwide has serious impact on our environment, here is one that is very specific about pesticide use on convention cotton here in the USA: http://www.organicexchange.org/Farm/cotton_facts_intro.htm Please also consider viewing this film from the UK's Environmental Justice Foundation to see how truly devastating conventional cotton can be. It's a hard film to see but I promise you'll never forget it: http://www.ejfoundation.org/page141.html I also wanted to say I am very grateful to your dad for working to reduce his pesticide use. This makes a huge difference to everyone and all species. I hope more farmers will follow his heroic lead. Thanks again for asking questions and sharing your experience. Best, Lynda Fassa
03/25/2009 6:48:41 AM CDT
Jenny says ...
The stats about cotton as a percentage of world crops vs cotton's fertilizer/pesticide use was a great way to put buying organic into perspective. Often it feels like buying organic products doesn't have enough of an impact or offset (considering shipping costs/pollution, for example) so it's good to see an example of how buying organic does work.
03/25/2009 12:18:11 PM CDT
Kay M says ...
Wow! The stats in this podcast are amazing and mind-blowing! As a 'green' mom I try very hard to purchase green items, but prices on many things are so crazy...especially in this economy. Organic cotton is just so much easier, to afford and to care for!
03/26/2009 10:15:12 AM CDT
Christie says ...
I have sewn for years, primarily quilts and baby items and love to use 100% cotton fabrics. It is sad to know that something that should be so safe is actually so full of "bad stuff". I will be seeking out more sources of organically grown cotton, especially for baby items.
03/27/2009 3:12:10 AM CDT
Angela says ...
Wow. I never realized how many "bad things" were in cotton. I have been slowly making the jump to organics, but I might have to do it a little quicker now.
03/27/2009 3:15:26 PM CDT
Christie says ...
There's more to kid's clothing safety than flammability.
03/28/2009 2:26:21 AM CDT
joanna smith says ...
This was a very compelling video! I have a 6 month old daughter and I have been dressing her in some new conventional onsies and now I am shocked scared because of what I learned today from this video! I had absolutely no idea that there was so much pesticides in conventional cotton and after learning this I am going to throw all of them away! I am going to run, not walk to the closest place I can find that sells organic cotton baby clothing. I am so thankful, very, very thankful to learn all that I learned today from watching this video that you created because as a mother I want the very best, and most importantly safest products used on my children and today was a real eye opener and reality check for me that I need to become much more of an educated consumer on the dangers of some of the products out in the marketplace and how we can be fooled into thinking that they are safe for our babies. Thank you so much for making these types of educational videos available for us to learn from.
03/28/2009 7:38:22 AM CDT
lace says ...
Wow! I did not know that about cotton and coffee as well. I also never thought about cottonseed oil being in our food sources as well. Loved the blue tank top Learned so many great things, thank you.
03/28/2009 8:59:21 PM CDT
Tangie says ...
I never knew that there were so many pesticides involved in cotton growing!! Now I get why organic cotton is so much better for our world. When I had my oldest son...who is 13 now....the only organic baby clothing or items that you would find would be not only HARD to find...but unattractive and unrealistic to purchase. I'm very glad to see that now, in 2009, I have a 2 year old and can now purchase organic products that are functional, stylish and cute even!!! And organic and natural products are no longer so hard to find! I definitely need to make a promise to try more organic cotton!
03/29/2009 3:33:47 AM CDT
melanie burch says ...
i think more people need this information! thanks for providing it.
03/29/2009 10:53:50 AM CDT
Pam says ...
My DIL and new grandbaby have very sensitive skin and this would be a great help. I never thought it was thier clothing. We just kept track of the soaps and laundry detergent that we used for thier clothing.
03/29/2009 1:43:49 PM CDT
Pam says ...
I commented earlier but forgot to include the website.
03/29/2009 1:46:13 PM CDT
Amy says ...
It is nice to hear that the prices for organic cotton clothing are coming down. It is hard for me to buy these things because they are so expensive. I did not know that about cotton! Great info...thanks!
03/29/2009 1:54:57 PM CDT
A Casson says ...
Very interesting podcast, The clothing is Fabulous and they say so soft and the baby blanket zipper suit thing is so neat.
03/30/2009 5:32:19 AM CDT
Zoey says ...
What an awesome idea. It is never too early to start learning and using organic!
03/30/2009 9:43:00 AM CDT
Quanda says ...
I do appreciate the insight on cotton in general, especially organic cotton.
03/30/2009 9:52:37 AM CDT
Maria says ...
Wow. All this info was totally new to me.
03/30/2009 10:17:17 AM CDT
Heather says ...
This was very interesting. I had no clue about cotton. We've slowly been going organic, but knowing this will push us to try buying even more.
03/30/2009 10:53:49 AM CDT
Brooke says ...
I had no idea what a positive impact on the environment organic cotton has! Thanks!
03/30/2009 11:03:10 AM CDT
Susan P says ...
interesting thanks!
03/30/2009 4:07:01 PM CDT
Marcy Strahan says ...
Thank you for educating me more one why orangic cotton is better. I live on the Gulf coast & I know the problem we have with red tide. This is all because of the runnof of all these chemicals! I also don't want clothing made with chemical to hurt my childrens skin! I always has to wash & wash new clothing before they could wear them. Buy orangic is the only way to go!
03/30/2009 5:20:33 PM CDT
Brooke says ...
I really like the baby zipper suit. I never understood why Whole Foods sold clothing, but now I get it.
03/31/2009 5:34:20 PM CDT