Bolstered by continued strong manufacturer demand even during the recessionary times, organic cotton continued its steady growth in 2009-2010, according to a the fifth annual Organic Farm and Fiber report by Textile Exchange (“the Exchange”), the leading global organic cotton and sustainable textiles non-profit organization formerly known as Organic Exchange.
According to the Exchange’s Organic Cotton Farm and Fiber Report, production of organic cotton rose 15 percent from 209,950 metric tonnes (MT) in 2008-09 to 241,276 MT (just over 1.1 million bales) grown on 461,000 hectares (186,560 acres) in 2009-2010. Organic cotton now represents 1.1 percent of global cotton production. Global organic cotton has witness a veritable explosion (539 percent increase) in production in the last four years since 2005-06, when only 37,000 MT was produced in 22 countries. The organization anticipates similar strong growth in this year.
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