How does algodon cotton differ from normal cotton?
Algodon cotton is a type of cotton that has been genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. It’s estimated that 90% of all the cotton crops grown in Argentina are algodo and this means that 90% of all Argentine agricultural land has been sprayed with Roundup. Repeated use could cause havoc on human, animal, and environmental health. Farmers have already seen some problems including loss of soil nutrients, increased water consumption (needed for the GM plants), greater pesticide use, and reduced crop yields because insects tend to develop resistance more quickly when pests consume GMOs. Some argue it leads to lower quality products as well because we’re using plants with no genetic diversity.