US: Investments, production, communication to boost cotton sustainability

Kater Hake, Vice President-Agricultural and Environmental Research Cotton Incorporated, defines a sustainable cotton as a type of cotton

Kater Hake, Vice President-Agricultural and Environmental Research Cotton Incorporated, defines a sustainable cotton as a type of cotton that meets the current needs of human being without compromising on the wants of the future generation. Speaking at the 78th International Cotton Advisory Committee meet, had said, cotton growers across West Texas and South Africa are adopting various sustainable practices such as no or reduced till, reduced fertilizer inputs while growing cotton.
A system with 3Es
According to Hake, sustainability is a system with 3Es: Environmental, Energy and Economical. Sustainable cotton gives opportunities to farmers in developing countries by providing jobs to those who own less than one hectare of land, he adds. Though the cost of sustainable cotton may be high compared to other types of cotton, overtime costs get absorbed into the lifecycle of products.

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