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IFOAM Announces Name Change

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, formerly known as IFOAM, has changed its name to ‘IFOAM - Organics International’ based on feedback from its affiliates coupled with several rounds of brainstorming. The name is intended to capture both the diversity and global nature of the organization, and with it comes a new logo, as seen on he left.

The organization has also changed its domain from ‘.org’ to ‘.bio’ in order to communicate more clearly their commitment to organic principles. IFOAM - Organics International is on the Policy Advisory Committee of ‘.bio’ and helped to create its registration policy, ensuring that it reflects the principles of organic agriculture. You can find out more about the domain here, or by paying IFOAM - Organics International a visit at BioFach in February (Hall 1, Booth 47).


Video: H&M to Source 100% of its Cotton from Sustainable Sources by 2020

 


Event: Sustainable Cotton Forum - London - 16-17th March 2015

The UK-based Innovation Forum is to hold a Sustainable Cotton Forum in London on 16th-17th March 2015 - an event titled Sustainable and Ethical Cotton Sourcing: How to get it right, and make it pay for your business’.

The aim of the event is to bring together highly experienced practitioners and key NGOs around a focused agenda, in order to get to the core of the key issues surrounding the cotton supply chain

Textile Exchange’s European and Farm Engagement Director, Liesl Truscott, will be speaking at the event. Visit their website for more information and to download the event brochure.


Event: Fashion Africa Conference 2015 - London - April 24th 2015

Africa Fashion Guide is a social enterprise promoting the African fashion and textile industry with an ethical perspective. They aim to raise the importance of sustainability within the fashion supply chain in a way that considers everyone in that chain.

Africa Fashion Guide has yearly events entitled ‘Fashion Africa’, which bring together industry leaders and specialists in the field of African fashion and ethical textiles to discuss, network, create new projects and overall to make an impact in the industry.

This year, the event is titled 'An African Revolution', and will be held in London on Fashion Revolution Day - April 24th - a day which commemorates the lives of those who died or who were affected by the collapse of the Rana Plaza Building in Bangladesh in 2013. For the first time, the conference will be a full day event, with discussions, industry speakers and networking opportunities throughout the day.

Textile Exchange’s European and Farm Engagement Director, Liesl Truscott, will be one of the expert speakers at the event. Keep an eye on the Africa Fashion Guide Website for more details.

Photo credits: Africa Fashion Guide African Cotton Campaign 2013Model - Nana Afua Antwi / Photographer - Abi Oshodi of AO Photography


New LCA Results Prove that Organic Cotton Causes Less Environmental Damage than Conventional Cotton

The long-awaited results of a recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Organic Cotton provide the first quantifiable evidence of the environmental benefits of organic cotton cultivation.

Textile Exchange engaged PE International, a global market leader in sustainability strategic consultancy, to conduct the LCA. The study is based on data from producer groups located in the top five countries of organic cotton cultivation; India, China, Turkey, Tanzania and the United States. These countries account for 97% of global organic cotton production.

The LCA investigated the impact of organic cotton cultivation in the categories of climate change/global warming potential, soil erosion and soil acidification, water use and consumption and energy demand.

You can download your complimentary pdf of the Summary of Findings here or the Full Report here. There is also a press release regarding the LCA findings available here.  


Highlights from the Organic Cotton Round Table 2014, Portland

 

This year’s Organic Cotton Round Table, held in Portland, Oregon, was an exciting day jam-packed with new data, new initiatives a new type of ‘business as usual’. If you were unable to attend, or if you simply want a recap of the day, download our ‘Talk Around the Table’ report for an overview of day's events.

You can also download the entire presentation deck here or see the event programme here.

Thank you to all who contributed to make the event such a success, particularly Round Table Partners Fairtrade International and PE International, and Task Force Sponsors GOTS, EILEEN FISHER and Bayer CropSicence.


Seed Dialogues

We would like to draw your attention to a new page on the Farm Hub - 'Seed Dialogues' - which includes interviews with leaders of 5 different projects all aiming to improve farmer access to organic and non-GMO cottonseed. The interviews were filmed at last years annual conference in Istanbul and were kindly funded by Inditex.

One of these projects, the 'Green Cotton Project', features in the fantastic short video (opposite), produced by FiBL, about the use of participatory research to foster innovation in agriculture.

Another of the projects, the 'Seed Guardians Project', recently featured in online Spanish newspaper Hispanidad - click here to read the article.

Please take time to visit the new Seed Dialogues page to hear more about all five of the fantastic projects striving to improve availability of organic and non-GM cotton seed.  

 


Q&A with H&M's Erik Karlsson

The Guardian recently quizzed H&M's Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Erik Karsson, about the company's new 'Conscious Denim' collection (see below). The interview goes over some of the environmental credentials of the new collection as well as touching on topics such as consumer behaviour. Read the interview here.

 


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Farmer In Focus

OBEPAB FARM GROUP (Benin)

Established: 1997
Structure: NGO-sponsered Producer Group
No. of Farmers: 542
We have organic cotton: Yes
Crops we grow commercially include: Bissap, Cashew, Cassava/Tapioca, Chilies, Cowpea, Maize, Millet, Okra, Pigeon Pea, Pinenuts, Sorghum, Soya, Vegetables (seasonal)
Farmer message: "OBEPAB promotes organic farming in Benin, West Africa. As one of the pioneers of organic cotton production in Africa, the success of OBEPAB's model is visible in the improved yields."

Farm Blog

The Farm Team brings you a regular digest of the latest developments in organic cotton farming, sustainability, impacts, and responsible business practice. Follow us here.

Latest Blog - Rural Communities In India - Thriving Through Organic

My India Travel Diary - First stop Arvind's organic producers, Akola, Maharashtra (Read on)

Second stop Appachi Eco-Logic Tribal organic farmers, Kabini, Karnatika (Read on)

New Release: Life Cycle Assessment for Organic Cotton: 


Read Our Organic Cotton Round Table Highlights:



 


Siddhi's Blog

Siddhi is our Junior Ambassador and has started a blog to talk about her dreams for the future of the environment.

 


 

Textile Exchange has partnered with ethical clothing leaders Mantis World and Gossypium to produce our first limited-edition T-shirt collection for men, women and children. Funds raised will go towards training programs for organic cotton farmers in developing countries. Find out more!  


 

Big Numbers

241,697 mt
amount of organic cotton fiber produced in 2010
1.1 %
of global cotton production in 2010 was organic
15 %
increase in organic production on 2009 levels
23
number of countries growing organic cotton
275,300
number of organic cotton farmers in 2010
30 %
better water retention in organic soils
20 %
carbon emission reduction potential of organic soils
40-72 %
compensation potential by carbon sequestration
6
ave no. of food crops grown by organic cotton farmers
0
number of toxic or persistent chemicals used in organic
28 %
of crops grown for 'own use' by organic cotton farmers
>75 %
organic cotton farmers reported to be food secure
35 %
of the worlds textiles are made from cotton
40 %
of textile impacts are from growing cotton
25 %
of the earth's biodiversity lives in the soil

Engage Newsletter


Headlines:
  • World Environment Day: Think.Eat.Save.
  • An agro-ecological vision for US agriculture
  • Q&A with the man who set up Esprit: Doug Tompkins
  • Latest updates from Benin
  • Women farmers in organic cotton agriculture
  • Alice's Diary
Titulares:
  • Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente 2013 –Piensa. Come. Ahorra.
  • Una visión agroecológica para la agricultura de Estados Unidos
  • Solo una finca hermosa es una buena finca
  • Vuelve el debate sobre los organismos genéticamente modificados en Benín
  • Juntos somos más fuertes: La creación de una plataforma entre productores de algodón orgánico y de comercio justo en Benín
  • Mujeres agricultoras de algodón orgánico
  • El diario de Alicia: aventuras en las tierras de Perú
Titres:
  • Journée Mondiale de l’Environnement 2013 – Pensez, Mangez, Préservez
  • Une vision agro-écologique de l’agriculture des États-Unis d’Amérique
  • Seule une belle ferme est une bonne ferme
  • Le retour du débat sur les OGM au Bénin
  • Ensemble nous sommes plus forts : Mise en place d’une Plate-forme des producteurs et productrices de coton biologique et équitable au Bénin
  • Les femmes productrices de coton bio
  • Le carnet de route d’Alice les aventures au Pérou
Headlines:
  • New Collaborative Learning Series
  • Meet Alice dos Santos
  • Soil Association 2013 Organic Market Report
  • Government Policy in West Africa
  • Indo-African Forum
  • Brazilian know-how in support of cotton farmers
Titulares:
  • Nueva serie de aprendizaje colaborativo – Centrarse en el abastecimiento
  • Informe sobre el mercado ecológico en 2013 de la Soil Association
  • ¡Encantado de conocerte!
  • Algodón orgánico y política gubernamental en África Occidental: Benín entra en una nueva era
  • Una exposición diferente
  • Foro indio-africano y el Programa de asistencia técnica para el algodón
  • Un proyecto de 20 millones de dólares tiene por objeto transferir el saber hacer brasileño en apoyo a los agricultores del algodón
Titres:
  • NOUVELLE série sur l’apprentissage collaboratif - Mettre l'accent sur l'approvisionnement
  • Le Rapport 2013 sur les Marchés Bio de l’Associations des Sols
  • Ravi de faire votre connaissance !
  • Coton biologique et politique gouvernemental en Afrique de l’Ouest : le nouvel âge du coton biologique au Bénin.
  • Une exposition à objectifs multiples : Textile &Bijoux
  • Le Forum Indo-Africain et le Programme d’Assistance Technique du Coton
  • Un projet de $20 millions a pour but de transférer le savoir-faire brésilien pour soutenir les producteurs de coton.
Headlines:
  • Final Organic in Action Released
  • A Word From Our Members
  • Africa: Organic & FairTrade Cotton Production and Trade
  • India: A Renewed Philosophy
  • Latin America: Trends for 2012 and Predictions for 2013
Titulares:
  • Este mes se publica la última historia de “Acción Orgánica”
  • El informe reclama una nueva agenda de desarrollo para la agricultura a pequeña escala
  • Nuevas directrices para productos orgánicos
  • Producción y comercio de algodón orgánico y de comercio justo en África: acabar con el estancamiento en 2013
  • Una filosofía renovada
  • América Latina 2012
  • Mensaje de Arun Chandra Ambatipudi: ¡Juntos podemos hacer del mundo un lugar más sano!
  • Mensaje de Orlando Rivera – Fundador de Bergman Rivera y nuevo miembro del Consejo de Administración de TE
Titres:
  • Dernière édition ce mois-ci de la rubrique « Le Bio en Action »
  • Un rapport lance un appel pour un nouveau programme de développement de l’agriculture à petite échelle
  • Nouvelles directives pour le Bio
  • Coton Bio et Équitable en Afrique : Arrêt de la stagnation en 2013
  • Une philosophie renouvelée
  • Amérique Latine 2012
  • Un mot d’Arun Chandra Ambatipudi : Ensemble nous pouvons faire du monde un endroit plus sain !
  • Un mot d’Orlando Rivera – Fondateur de Bergman Rivera, et nouveau membre du conseil de TE
Headlines:
  • 2012 Sustainable Textiles Conference
  • Organic Cotton Round Table
  • Global Organic Cotton Campaign Launched
  • Seed Freedom: A Global Citizens’ Report
  • Cotton Industry holds Sustainability Conference
  • Comparing Organic and Conventional Cotton Production Systems in Benin
Titulares:
  • Mesa redonda sobre algodón orgánico de Textile Exchange
  • Campaña global en favor del algodón orgánico lanzada por la Soil Association y GOTS
  • Libertad de semillas: un informe global para los ciudadanos
  • La industria del algodón se centra en la sostenibilidad
  • Innovación para la seguridad alimentaria, la adaptación al cambio climático y la mitigación de la pobreza
Titres:
  • La Table Ronde sur le Coton Bio de Textile Exchange
  • Une campagne mondiale sur le coton bio est lance par la Soil Association et GOTS
  • La Liberté des Semences : Un Rapport des Citoyens du Monde
  • L’Industrie du Coton se Focalise sur la Durabilité
  • Recherche sur les technologies innovatrices, les pratiques et stratégies pour la sécurité alimentaire, l’adaptation aux changements climatiques et la réduction de la pauvreté
Headlines:
  • Textile Exchange - Farm Update
  • Announcement: Round Table on Organic Cotton
  • Benin: The challenge of remaining an organic cotton farmer
  • “Weaving is my destiny” ... adding value to cotton, locally
  • Interview with Carlos Tonon, Manager of Verde Textil - Argentina
  • Monitoring of genetically modified cotton in Paraguay
  • APEDA release Organic Textile Certification Standard
  • Organic in Action: Appachi and SKS farmers make way for wildlife
  • The effects of climate change on cotton production in Latin America
Titulares:
  • Noticias de nuestro encuentro de fincas
  • Benín: El desafío de seguir siendo un agricultor orgánico en un sector algodonero altamente subvencionado
  • “Tejer es mi destino” ... añadiendo valor al algodón, localmente
  • Entrevista a Carlos Tonon, gerente de Verde Textil - Argentina
  • Monitoreo de algodón OGM: El SENAVE habilitó el uso de algodón transgénico en Paraguay
  • La APEDA crea el estándar de certificación para textiles orgánicos
  • Acción Orgánica: Agricultores de Appachi y SKS ceden tierra a la fauna salvaje
  • Cambio climático: Los efectos del cambio climático en la producción de algodón en América Latina
Titres:
  • Les nouvelles de l’interface des producteurs
  • Bénin : Le défi de rester un cultivateur de coton bio dans un environnement d’un secteur du coton fortement subventionné.
  • « Le tissage est mon destin »... valorisation locale de la fibre de coton.
  • Interview avec Carlos Tonon, Directeur de Verde Textil - Argentine
  • Suivi du coton génétiquement modifié : Le SENAVE autorise l’utilisation de coton génétiquement modifié au Paraguay.
  • APEDA publie la Norme de la Certification du Textile Bio.
  • Le Bio en Action : Les producteurs d’Appachi et SKS donnent la priorité à la faune sauvage.
  • Les Changements Climatiques : Les effets des changements climatiques sur la production de coton bio en Amérique Latine.
Headlines:
  • FUTURE SHAPERS: Introducing Dibella
  • INTERVIEW with Vandana Shiva
  • NEW STUDY: Comparing yields of organic and conventional
  • NEW Improved Producer Group membership services
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Rio +20 – “The Future We Want”
  • REGIONAL UPDATES:News and views
Titulares:
  • “Modeladores del Futuro”: le presentamos Dibella
  • ENTREVISTA con Vandana Shiva
  • NUEVO ESTUDIO: Comparando las cosechas de la agricultura orgánica y convencional
  • Fincas y Fibra: notificación de los informes regionales
  • PRÓXIMAMENTE
  • ARTÍCULO ESPECIAL: Río +20 – “El futuro que queremos”
  • ENFOQUE REGIONAL
Titres:
  • Future Shapers vous Présente : Dibella
  • INTERVIEW avec Vandana Shiva par Bernward Geier
  • NOUVELLE ÉTUDE : Comparaison des rendements de l’agriculture bio et conventionnelle
  • NOUVELLES DE L’INTERFACE DES PRODUCTEURS
  • Production & Fibre : annonce des rapport régionaux
  • LES ÉVÉNEMENT SPECIAL : Rio +20 – « L’avenir auquel nous aspirons »
  • Point Régional
Headlines:
  • Anvil Knitwear sponsors the Farm Hub
  • Cotton Conversations
  • Cotton Futures: Visioning workshop
  • The year of the co-operative
  • Comparing organic and conventional cotton systems in Benin
  • Controlling pests in organic cotton
  • Corseda: organic silk project
  • India, the Cotton Export Ban and Thereafter
Titulares:
  • Anvil Knitwear patrocina el Enlace de Fincas
  • Boletín GOTS
  • Plataforma Comunitaria Mundial del Algodón Orgánico
  • Conversaciones del algodón
  • Futuro del algodón: Taller para visionarios
  • Guía para expertos sobre el algodón y la sostenibilidad
  • El año de la cooperativa
  • 4ª Conferencia Internacional sobre el desarrollo del sector orgánico en Europa central y oriental y en Asia central
  • 2ª Conferencia Orgánica de África
  • Comparación de los sistemas convencional y orgánico en Benín
  • Control de plagas en el algodón orgánico
  • Corseda: Proyecto de seda orgánica
  • India: La prohibición a las exportaciones del algodón y lo que vino después
Titres:
  • Anvil Knitwear le sponsor de l’Interface des Producteurs
  • La newsletter de GOTS
  • La Plateforme Mondiale de la Communauté du Coton Bio
  • Conversations sur le coton
  • L’Avenir du coton : l’Atelier de visualisation
  • Le Guide des initiés sur le Coton et la Durabilité
  • L’Année des Coopératives
  • La 4e Conférence Internationale sur le développement du secteur biologique dans l’Europe Centrale et de l’Est et l’Asie Centrale
  • La 2e Conférence Africaine sur l’Agriculture Biologique
  • Comparaison des systèmes de coton biologique et conventionnel au Bénin
  • Le contrôle des ravageurs du coton bio
  • Corseda: le projet de soie bio
  • Inde, l’interdiction de l’exportation de coton et les conséquences

Field Calendar

January - March

Follow the production of organic cotton from soil preparation to harvest.

 

For each month see what is going on in the fields around the world. For a general introduction to cotton growing follow our learning journey.

 

Want to find out how cotton is grown? Take our learning journey here


January - March

Follow the production of organic cotton from soil preparation to harvest.

 

For each month see what is going on in the fields around the world. For a general introduction to cotton growing follow our learning journey.


January - March

Follow the production of organic cotton from soil preparation to harvest.

 

For each month see what is going on in the fields around the world. For a general introduction to cotton growing follow our learning journey.


January - March

Follow the production of organic cotton from soil preparation to harvest.

 

For each month see what is going on in the fields around the world. For a general introduction to cotton growing follow our learning journey.


Learning Journey

Follow us on a journey to explore the world of organic cotton...
About 1.4 billion people depend on small-scale farming for their livelihoods.