Ecological Foot print
Covering just 3% of the world’s cultivated land, conventional cotton growing uses more insecticides per unit area than any other single major crop.
Along with other agrochemicals, synthetic fertilisers and pesticides pollute the air and surface water, reduce biodiversity and shift the natural equilibrium.
Those who make the transition to biologically based growing practices can not only expect to provide cleaner and safer products to the market, but substantially benefit the natural world.
Organic production provides:
- Protection of surface and groundwater quality by eliminating contaminants in surface runoff
- Reduced risk from insect and disease control by introducing ecosystem manipulation which allows for natural balance
- Long term pest control through habitat development
- Conservation of biodiversity by selecting crops to suit the environment, not just for high yield
- Elimination of harmful residual chemicals in consumer products
- Healthier soils with thicker top-soil depth, higher organic matter content and reduced erosion levels
- Organisations are developing new strategies to introduce naturally balanced systems into productive, healthy industries, and through certification; ensurecompliance to an evolving perception of how the earth works.
- Organic Cotton production is an industry working towards a safer, moreproductive world; making the earth safer for farm workers and customers, while preserving soil for long term fertility