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Organic makes sense in clothing

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For me, eating organic food has always been about not ingesting fertilizers and pesticides -- not so much about keeping harmful chemicals out of the environment. Reaching for an organic tomato instead of a regular one at the grocery, I'm just thinking, "This one is better for me." Maybe because the environment can be abstract at times, while my body is not.

That's why organic cotton clothing hasn't interested me much. Unlike organic food, my family doesn't eat it. Regular washing removes any chemical residue, right? Why pay a premium?

But cotton is the fourth-most-heavily pesticide-treated crop in the United States, after corn, soy and fall potatoes, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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