Organic cotton is being harvested here in
Seeing the cotton in the fields is a remarkable experience considering that three years ago there was no cotton being grown in
Why is planting cotton different now? We’re planting organic cotton and growing on a small-scale; in no more than 35 contiguous acre plots (most farmers are planting 2 to 5 acres of cotton). All of the cotton is either certified organic or produced without use of chemicals. Farmers rotate their crops annually– with peanuts, sesame, sorghum, oats and white beans to fix the nitrogen in the soil. By our rules of production, no trees are cut down to plant this cotton, and no food crops are taken out of production for this cash crop. Workers (mostly co-op members) are treated fairly, receive a fair wage and the cooperatives invest back into their communities.
With this background, we hope you can see the significance of organic cotton growing in the fields of
Thanks to Bená Burda and Margaret Larson for the photos