Burkina Faso’s genetically modified cotton success narrative was built on studies with methodological problems.
Lorne sugar plantation in Mackay, 1874.
State Library Queensland
As the American Civil War interrupted cotton production, plantation owners looked to the new colony of Queensland.
Natural fabrics could be as bad for the environment as their synthetic counterparts.
While natural fibre textiles like cotton have generated an environmentally friendly reputation in recent years they might be just as bad as microplastic textiles like polyester and Nylon.
Knee-jerk responses to water insecurity won't fix the basin. The harder and longer path is delivering real water reform, including transparent water planning enshrined in law.
It’s all about having faith in the purity of the process.
Crisco's main ingredient, cottonseed oil, had a bad rap. So marketers decided to focus on the 'purity' of factory food processing – a successful strategy that other brands would mimic.
Fast fashion doesn’t have to end up in landfill.
A new clothing recycling process can counter the environmental costs of fast fashion.
Consumers are only benefitting from cheap clothes at considerable cost to the environment and by exploitation of a poor, vulnerable garment workers.
Water-hungry crops like cotton and rice are still worth farming in Australia.
Crises in the Darling River have raised questions about cotton and rice farming in the Murray Darling Basin.
Farmer Michael Petefish walks through one of his soybean fields in southern Minnesota.
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The Trump administration's promise of $12 billion in aid to offset losses from retaliatory tariffs will not make up for the long-term consequences of a prolonged trade war.
Think of what your clothes are doing to the planet.
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Water pollution, toxic chemical use and textile waste: fast fashion comes at a huge cost to the environment.
There is a pair of jeans for every occasion.
Our clothes are cheaper, flimsier and shorter-lived than ever. But jeans, a staple of the modern wardrobe, are actually designed to be long-lasting – provided you take proper care of them.
Bt cotton is the most widely grown GM crop by poor farmers in Africa.
Burkina Faso, one of the largest GM cotton producers in the world, has begun a phase out of all Bt cotton production.
Cotton has become a controversial crop in India.
Arguments surrounding the use of genetically modified crops and whether they are the solution to the world’s problems of food supply and public health are no nearer to resolution than when GM was introduced…