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Gerber bringing organic cotton to the masses
by Sarah Mahoney
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14 August 2018
On 14 August 2018 MediaPost Communications reported:
Gerber Childrenswear wants to make sure more babies are cradled in the cleanest cotton and is launching Gerber Essentials, a line of baby gear sold in Walmart and Target. While plenty of brands make organic clothing for babies, and Gerber itself has long sold organic cotton clothing in other channels, this may be organic baby clothes' most mainstream moment yet.
Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of health and business, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.
. . . Conventionally grown cotton is considered by many to be the dirtiest crop of all, requiring extremely toxic pesticides. Switching over to organic cotton, which requires moving away from pesticides and genetically engineered seeds, is expensive, time-consuming, and requires third-party certification.
The Organic Trade Association says that although farmers in 18 countries, led by India, China, and Kyrgyzstan, produced 107,980 metric tons of organic cotton in 2016 (the latest year for which figures are available), that still amounts to just 0.5 percent of global cotton production. ...
Yet in the U.S., the OTA reports that sales of organic fibers are soaring, reaching a record $1.4 billion in 2016, up 9.2 percent. And organic fiber sales now make up almost 40 percent of the total $3.9 billion in organic non-food sales. (Total organic sales for the year, including $43 million in food, reached a record $47 billion.) ...
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