Impacts of cotton farming targeted
Seven businesses have launched a tool to reduce the impact of cotton farming on the water, soil and biodiversity.
The launch follows collaboration between academic experts and the businesses, which are members of the Natural Capital leaders platform at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership (CISL), to scrutinise the success of various cotton management practices on water, soil and biodiversity.
Cotton is one of the world’s most important crops, representing one third of the world’s textile demand, and was grown across 2.5% of global agricultural land last year, according to CISL. However, the natural resources the sector depends on are at risk and must be safeguarded to ensure the long-term security of cotton supply chains, the organisation said.