Cotton is the most important and most widely used natural fiber in today’s textile industry. It is also an important cash crop for growers of many countries in the world.
The Israel Cotton Board aggregates the entire cotton growing community in Israel, a world leader in R&D driven agronomic performance and agricultural productivity.
BCI has emerged over the current decade as the leading global sustainable cotton organization.
Cotton’s challenge is its notorious standing. Cotton has been perceived as a thirsty crop, responsible for the depletion of natural water resources; consumption of massive doses of toxic chemicals, accused of disrupting eco-systems and detrimental to human health; and as being an exploiter of cheap labor associated with indecent and sometimes forced adult and child employment.
However, that is changing. In recent decades, cotton research and development programs worldwide have led to dramatic reductions in land use, soil loss, water use, energy use and a substantial decrease in chemical application with the help of biotechnology and a shift to integrated pest management. Cotton is increasingly becoming mechanized, eliminating the intensive manual labor requirement.
Adopting these and the BCI’s globally acclaimed principles and criteria to promote sustainability will rehabilitate cotton’s reputation. The time has come to reframe the crop as a viable and environmentally friendly one.
TerraVerde Agriculture has world class capability in efficient and sustainable cotton production.
We boast a long-standing track record in cotton agronomy and breeding, employing water saving technologies, implementing integrated pest management methodology and driving record breaking yields in multiple global environments.
We are well acquainted will principles and criteria of sustainable cotton production recognized by the most important cotton handlers and retailers.
TerraVerde Agriculture can assist in transforming traditional cotton production habits into sustainable production technology and the source of well recognized environmentally friendly and accepted cotton products.