Gain In U.S. Organic Cotton Acreage

The U.S. organic cotton acreage continue to grow.

Despite the high acreage, the number or organic cotton bales went down.

U.S. organic cotton acreage is still growing, says a 2010 and Preliminary 2011 U.S. Organic Cotton Production & Marketing Trends report conducted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

Ever since 2003, the area under organic cotton has been increasing and 11,827 acres of organic cotton were planted in 2010. Quoting Textile Exchange, the report says that there is a growing demand of organic cotton; the global organic textile industry grew by 20% in 2010. More and more brands are looking forward to use organic cotton now. Textile Exchange also says that brands and retailers more than doubled their usage of organic cotton in 2010-11 and plan to do so in 2012 too. As a result the global organic cotton market would increase to $7.4 billion in 2012.

The OTA report however says that despite the high U.S. organic cotton acreage in 2010, both acres and bales harvested are expected to be down, by 38 and 45 percent, respectively, due to high temperatures and less rainfall in the Southern Plains.

Despite the high acreage, the number or organic cotton bales went down.

Despite the high acreage, the number or organic cotton bales went down.

 

Talking about the future, the report says that there would be a modest gain of 2% in organic cotton acreage in 2012 and another 2% net gain in their five year forecast which means a total acreage of 16,406. There is an opportunity for good growth in the regions like North Carolina where organic cotton recently made its debut.

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