Organic cotton is cultivated without using harmful pesticides and monocultures. Thus, soil and groundwater as well as the health of the farmers are protected.
Cotton from organic cultivation
About 25% of all pesticides used worldwide are applied during the cultivation of conventional cotton – this seems incredible considering that only 2.4% of the globally available areas for agricultural use are utilised for growing cotton. Water consumption for the cultivation of conventional cotton is extremely high as well.
Organic cotton is farmed according to ecological principles that abstain from pesticides and chemical fertilisers and prohibit the genetic alteration of seeds.
In comparison to the water consumption created through the cultivation of conventional cotton, water consumption for farming organic cotton is considerably lower. By means of crop rotation, the natural fertility of the soil is maintained. Organic cotton farmers often form cooperatives and they can demand higher prices for their organic cotton, thus growing more independent from cotton prices on the global market.