Regenerative Organics Crosses Over From Farming to Apparel
Posted by : Mary Wutz /
Rose Marcario, President and CEO of Patagonia wrote an article recently on regenerative agriculture being monopolized and manipulated by large companies including Bayer, DowDupont and ChemChina who will soon own two-thirds of the world’s seeds and pesticides.
Marcario writes: "And food is just part of the picture. Consider cotton, a fiber used to make a large majority of our clothing globally: just one percent is grown organically. That figure has stayed mostly stagnant since at least 1996, the year Patagonia started sourcing 100 percent organic cotton. It’s especially appalling considering 16 percent of all pesticides used worldwide are used to grow conventional cotton—exposure to which has been linked to higher rates of cancer and other diseases. Conventional GMO farming practices also reduce soil fertility and biodiversity, require more water and large amounts of herbicides, alter the nutritional content of our food, and result in toxic runoff that pollutes our rivers, lakes and oceans.
Marcario qualifies regenerative organic agriculture as "any agricultural practice that increases soil organic matter from baseline levels over time, provides long-term economic stability for farmers and ranchers, and creates resilient ecosystems and communities. Put simply, this approach presents an opportunity to reclaim our farming system on behalf of the planet and human health—while fulfilling the obvious need to feed and clothe billions of people around the world. We can produce what we need and revitalize soil at the same time, thereby sequestering carbon currently polluting the atmosphere and warming our planet."
Fodder for thought as we consume both food as well as apparel.
Watch the Patagonia video below to learn more.