You Should Know

December 2003 Issue

The Dark Side of Cotton: Pesticide-Laden Cottonseed in Your Food?

Cottonseed oil—extracted from the same cotton plant grown for the fiber used in clothes—is prevalent in fried and processed foods. What's the problem? Worldwide, cotton is one of the crops most intensively sprayed with pesticide. And the chemicals used are among the most toxic, with many classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as “possible,” “likely,” “probable” or “known” human carcinogens.

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