Social and economic impacts aren’t easy to quantify, but to provide an insight into the benefits experienced by organic cotton farmers, Textile Exchange carried out a Sustainability Assessment. The findings are:
IN SIMPLE TERMS…
In 2015, by growing organic instead of conventional cotton, we have:
WHAT DO FARMERS SAY?
“Farmers are free to associate and bargain collectively, laborers work not more than 7-8 hours a day. No forced labor. No employing child and pregnant women in field. Work with protective clothing. Manure and botanical pesticide applications to be done by healthy men. Wages as per local standards.”
Producer Group, Rajasthan
“After having joined BioRe as an Organic cotton contract farmer, we were introduced to additional cash crops like sunflower and mung beans. This enables us to earn extra money over and above the cotton production. For example this year the maize crop failed due to poor rains but we were food secure because of the extra income from sunflower and mung beans, so we could buy our own food. Meanwhile we also eat mung beans which are nutritious … although not our traditional food.”
Devotha Masanja, Farmer, Tanzania
“We heard about the organic farming but were not very sure about the processes and the results. However, when we realized that at least we would be free from the pressure of debtors who are at our doorstep almost daily, we thought it is worth a try. We are now enjoying the benefits of organic farming through diversifying our crops, adding additional income and feeling more secure.”
Chandu Nikore, Farmer, India
WHAT CAN YOU DO
Choose Organic Cotton
Next time you shop for cotton products – choose organic.
Check For Certification
Make sure your organic cotton product is certified by checking the label.
Spread The Word
Talk about organic cotton to your family and friends – in person or on social media.
Ask For Organic Cotton
Tell your favorite brands that you want to see more organic cotton in their products.