A Silkworm Tale: Chemically Altered Diet

May 9, 2011 § 3 Comments


May 9, 2011

The following is an excerpt from an article in the New York Times by Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop. Click the link at the bottom to read the full article.

“Researchers in Singapore documented how silkworms fed with chemical dyes yielded flourescent silk. The process could eliminate traditional dyeing methods, which create polluted wastewater.”

What happens to the silkworm at the end of this chemical diet? I am not sure that no silkworm’s were not harmed during this process.

How do you feel about this process? 

A Silkworms Thread of Color and Hope – NYTimes.com.

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§ 3 Responses to A Silkworm Tale: Chemically Altered Diet

  • I find this idea appalling.
    It cannot possibly bring a good end of life to the silk worm– so much for ethical treatment of animal/insect
    and it undoubtedly passes the chemical into the thread..
    so much for an organic fiber.
    My experiences with silk and silk production over the last 15 years tell me that we need to be more sustainably conscious about these practices-not less.
    Sharon Woodcock,
    Creative Director
    Lantern Moon

  • Uneasy! Thanks for the interesting note.

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