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Cotton LEADS qualifies USDA's BioPreferred criteria
Dec '14
Cotton fiber represented by the Cotton LEADS program, which promotes the responsible production practices of cotton growers in Australia and the United States, is proved 100 percent bio-based, according to the changes to the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) BioPreferred Program guidelines.

Launched in October 2013, Cotton LEADS is a joint program of the Australian cotton industry and the Cotton Foundation, with Cotton Australia, the National Cotton Council of America, Cotton Council International, and Cotton Incorporated as the founding members.

The 2014 farm law expanded the USDA’s BioPreferred Program’s initial scope to “promote bio-based products that apply an innovative approach to growing, harvesting, sourcing, procuring, processing, manufacturing, or application of bio-based products regardless of the date of entry into the marketplace.”

As a complete, bio-based ingredient for textile and nonwoven products, Cotton LEADS cotton is included in USDA’s online BioPreferred Catalog. Cotton LEADS cotton easily met the BioPreferred Program’s new stipulation for innovation, due to the manner in which cotton growers in Australia and the US, approach and operate their businesses. The cotton industries of both countries are well established, well-regulated, transparent, and committed to improvement, Cotton Incorporated said in a statement.

Also, the growers’ self-investment into research programs and the willingness to embrace new technologies and techniques has helped yield high volumes of quality cotton as well as significant and measurable environmental gains.

The BioPreferred Program’s goal is to increase the purchase and use of bio-based products while spurring economic development, creating new jobs, and providing new markets for farm commodities. (GK)

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