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Genetically modified jeans? Monsanto takes on cotton

Every year American textile industries spin 5 billion bales of cotton. That is enough to make 1 billion pair of jeans, one of the top selling cotton products in the United States. A new genetically modified cotton plant, soon to be introduced by Monsanto, however, means that more of America’s favorite comfort clothes may soon contain tinkered threads.

Monsanto scientist Phoong Tang just made the announcement on the new modified cotton strain at the Australian Cotton Conference in Queensland. According to industry insider’s Fiber2Fashion, Tang promised the new cotton “will offer superior yield stability to the farmers and it will help them meet the growing demand for cotton fiber worldwide.”