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Cotton is used to make over 40% of the world's textiles. India and Pakistan are two of the top producing countries.
Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world, but a new generation of initiatives now support organic cotton growing. These organic plantations are an attempt to move away from large mono crops and they aim to promote fair trade.
A portable cotton spinning machine was designed by Mahatma Ghandi for the independence movement where the revival of village economies was seen as important. Ghandi's spinning wheel is still used in India today.
In the Middle Ages many believed cotton came from 'vegetable lambs' dangling from trees in India. Fake cotton lambs made their way into museums.