Frankencotton- Is Your UnderwearTransgenic?
It appears that much of the cotton grown these days is genetically modified to include genetic material from a bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt, considered by some to be a friendly and organic alternative to pesticides. Farmers who use BT cotton "reduced their use of pesticides and increased the diversity of their insect populations, while protecting crops against the dread pink bollworm." James Gorman writes in the New York Times (in a wonderful style that we shall simply cut and paste, he is very funny): " A similar genetic modification in corn has caused an uproar. Many countries have rules about labeling food that contains genetically modified organisms, or G.M.O. Zambia, for instance, has refused to import transgenic corn. But cotton has faced no such trade barriers.The obvious reason is that people tend not to eat their shirts." However some may be concerned about having pesticides built into their shorts. TreeHugger suggests any number of organic cotton, bamboo or hemp alternatives. James Gorman in the ::New York Times