Growing up in rural Australia I was exposed to conventional cotton farming at a young age. I remember seeing irrigation ponds so large that I couldn't see the other side. I saw a river that had been the main source of water and recreation to a small community shrink and then become poisoned from flood irrigation run off. The algae grew crazily from the fertilizers, and made the water unsafe for swimming and drinking. The low oxygen killed all the fish.
Somehow as a child I never connected that to the clothes I was wearing or the bedding I was sleeping in.
My 'aha' moment came later. I had been quilting for a while, and I was reading an article on greener quilting. One quote jumped out at me. It said something like (I don't remember exactly)'Quilters as a group are one of the largest consumers of conventionally grown cotton in the United States.' Wow. I flashed back to that poisoned…
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