2020 Organic Cotton Market Report Released

2020 Organic Cotton Market Report Released

Textile Exchange’s 2020 Organic Cotton Market Report | https://textileexchange.org/2020-organic-cotton-market-report-ocmr-released/ | is here, and it is great news for organic cotton. The report shows that for the 2018-2019 harvest year, farmers produced 31% more organic cotton over the previous year, the second-largest harvest of organic cotton on record (the first being 2009-2010).
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Report Contains Key Insights
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In addition to data per region, the report contains insights from industry professionals about their current projects, challenges, successes, goals, and visions for the cotton sector | Learn more on Commonshare |, with a focus on the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change. 
The report shows that 222,134 farmers grew 239,787 metric tons of organic cotton in 19 different countries on 418,935 hectares. Additionally, 55,833 hectares of cotton-growing land | Learn more on Commonshare | is in the process of conversion to organic, which will help to meet the increasing demand. 
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Current Issues 
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The report celebrates growth in global organic cotton production | Learn more on Commonshare | and the contributions that it makes to the health of consumers, the environment, and farming communities around the world – but Textile Exchange is also aware of current issues that have plunged the world into turmoil. 
The report highlights impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic | Learn more on Commonshare |, as well as human rights concerns in the cotton sector and issues with climate change.  
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Production Data 
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The report also shares production data from all regions of the world that grow certified organic cotton | Learn more on Commonshare |, totaling 19 countries. Some 97% of the world’s organic cotton, according to the report, is produced in seven countries: India (51%), China (17%), Kyrgyzstan (10%), Turkey (10%), Tajikistan (5%), Tanzania (2%), and the USA (2%). 
Out of the 55,833 hectares of land in conversion to organic, India and Pakistan are leading the way, followed by Turkey, Greece, and Tajikistan. The most recent estimates available – although these are from before the Covid-19 pandemic – show that global organic cotton production is expected to grow by a further 10% in 2019-2020.
Additionally, the number of facilities certified to lead voluntary organic textile standards increased substantially in 2019. The facilities certified to the Organic Content Standard (OCS) grew by 48% and the facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) grew by 35%.  
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Continued Progress Beneficial 
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The near future is uncertain, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage in many countries even as much of the world looks toward a post-pandemic future. What is clear is that the cotton sector will benefit from more transparency and progress toward sustainability. 

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