Recent patch broke Starter Town Cotton harvesting: Unlimited Plant Fiber
Title says most of it: Starter town Cotton Plants (and Vale spawns I assume) can be harvested unlimitedly for free plant fibers. Given the respawn rate of the starter town cotton this is kind of a problem.
Not really. Plant Fibers is the single easiest resource to accumulate as it is...so a slightly increased chance by picking cotton doesn't skew things hardly at all. It's not like plant fibers are used to pay city upkeep costs or anything, they just make ropes, linen weave, and bandages.