An organic cotton farming system is one that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions rather than the use of artificial elements such as pesticides and other chemicals that cause adverse effects.
Organic farming combines tradition, innovation and science and promotes fair relationships and a good quality of life for everyone involved.
The organic cotton farming system can be applied at different scales. However, an average organic cotton farmer has only 4.3 hectares (one hectare equals approximately 2.5 acres), which indicates that organic farming systems are relatively small. The following diagram shows how an organic farming system might look on a small scale farm in India.
COMPARING CONVENTIONAL AND ORGANIC FARMING PRACTICES
ORGANIC IN ACTION
Take a look at how organic farming principles are applied. Click on the images to understand how organic works in the field.