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  • Organic cotton

    Chapter 5 - Market segments - Types of cotton 

    Organic cotton production and trade is promoted as a more viable and sustainable alternative to conventional cotton production. However, farmers generally do not adopt new production techniques unless they are profitable. Organic seed cotton yields tend to be lower than conventional ones, and even lower than what might be acceptable in view of lower production costs. Nevertheless, some consumers are willing to pay a premium for textiles and clothing made out of certified organic cotton fibre, and labelled as such. Although production of organic cotton is expanding rapidly, conventional cotton still accounts for about 99.9% of total world output.