Worried that genetically-modified foods could be quietly, secretly, making their furtive way towards your plate even as we speak? Don’t be—you’ve already been eating them for a long time now.
Not too many drought stories have focused on cotton. As one of the thirstiest crops, it was long abandoned by many farmers in the regions hardest hit by unprecedented water scarcity. Except for one part of Arizona, where cotton blooms defiantly, even today. Because here, the more cotton fails, the more the US pays…
"He was wearing all cotton, which is the worst fabric for cold, wet weather. The weather just got the best of him," reads an official statement by Alaska State Troopers about the death of a hiker there in 2005. This is how and why cotton can kill you.
The largest companies consume a shockingly huge amount of the world's natural resources. Ikea, for instance, uses 17.8 million cubic yards of wood a year. When it comes to cotton, there's VF Corp., a relatively unknown corporation that owns some of the best-known clothing brands in the world.
In an age that encourages everything organic, fairly traded, and USA-made, it's easy to overlook the less-celebrated (and often significantly more common) goods we use on a daily basis. Take the shirt on your back, for example—because NPR certainly did.
When it's hot as hell outside (as it is right now, everywhere), a little sun shower is literally a gift from the heavens above. But a soaking wet shirt, when you're out and about and not in the habit of carrying around a spare just in case, is less than ideal.
Wool from Yorkshire in Northern England is so fabulous that bad guys want to counterfeit it.
Long before Gore-Tex or Patagonia's H2No, people kept the rain off their backs with the most obvious of repellants: oil. It was a trick gleaned from mariners in the 1500s. Sails slicked with grease and oil better navigated nasty storms by beating back water. Between then and now, fabric impregnated with various oils…
In the past, diagnosing a baby's fever involved holding the child close while creating a maternal bond. Now, you can tell from across the room! With fashion!!