The Textile industry, as in fact all industries, has undergone major changes in the last 100 years. Changes that affect productivity, quality, labor requirement, work force, and user friendliness of machinery are a well known factor.
Apart from these factors, there also has been a change in raw materials available for processing, types, and the way these raw materials are manufactured as well as sold.
We refer to natural fibers, which are the longest available class of fibers, with documented usage of thousands of years. Cotton, naming one of the most popular fibers, has always had a dominant role when it came to processing textiles. Even this – of one of the most popular of all – has undergone a major transition. Not only its quality is at stake due to mechanical harvesting, with its resulting high trash content, fiber damage, and contamination.
Cotton has been subjected to changes induced by Genetically modification of its cell structure. Genetical modifications took place in laboratories of large chemical companies, implanting insecticidal components are now a common feature, adding to health scare problems.
The explanations given by the chemical companies are, that GMO cotton would make the fiber resistant to common pests. However, this statement has been challenged by various other sources that claim the initial resistance has already become ineffective to pests.
Present experience shows there is reason for concern. Wearing a T- shirt or a 100 % cotton undershirt containing toxic chemicals implanted in the cell nucleus of the fiber has its perils and risks for the one who comes in contact with same. There is however insufficient research data available, yet one would prefer to wear a cotton garment without the added insecticide.
As a result, we need to pay utmost attention to the new fiber. We all know the effects of ‘ Agent Orange ‘, a deadly pesticide during the Vietnam war causing death and bodily harm to many Millions of Vietnamese.
Notwithstanding the fact that ‘ Agent Orange ‘ is a terrible mistake, we still use off shoots of the very toxic chemical in todays agricultural environment.