Organic cotton conversion: Too little too slowly

Cotton is the world’s dirtiest crop. It covers only 2.4% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 24% of the world’s insecticide, more than any other single crop. We’ve been hearing the garment and textile industry’s rhetoric of going “green” and going “organic,” but traded organic cotton fiber still represented only less than 1% of the 24.8 million tons of cotton fiber traded worldwide in 2006. Why, with so much talk and surge in public demand has there been so little development?

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Note to China: Rural development, not consumption is the answer

China’s hopes of an economic recovery fueled by the rural countryside may be dashed. Despite recent government subsidies and provisions to boost the consumption of the country’s 700 million rural residents amid a global financial crisis, it may not be enough to address the more than two decades of exported-oriented growth which has largely benefited industries and urban cities at the expense of the rural populace.

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