Science: Cottonless Cotton

Nature put soft tufts of fibre on cotton seeds so that the wind would carry them away from the plant to take root. Man came to attach more importance to the fibre than to the seeds, cultivated cotton for more fibre. The U. S. now raises too much cotton lint, not enough cottonseed.* But there is no economic reason for not raising cotton as a seed crop, since cottonseed oil makes oleomargarine, shortening, soap, and the cottonseed cake which remains after the oil is squeezed out makes good fodder for cattle.

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