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US produces 11,000 tons of Better Cotton in pilot project
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Dec '14
Better cotton Initiative (BCI) said it has completed a small scale pilot of its standard system in the US during 2014.

According to BCI, 22 farms in four states; Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and California took part in the pilot project, and together produced over 11,000 metric tons or 26 million pounds of cotton lint.

The farms each completed a self-assessment and hosted an on-farm visit by independent third party verifiers to confirm they meet BCI’s criteria for environmental stewardship and working conditions.

“All participants who completed the process are now licensed to sell Better Cotton to participating merchants,” BCI said.

BCI has been working in other cotton growing regions of the world since 2010 to promote measurable and continuing improvements for the environment, farming communities, and their economies.

Last year, spurred by strong interest from major brands and retailers using Better Cotton as a supply benchmark, it chose to expand its focus to include the US.

BCI will convene a multi-stakeholder process early next year to review the lessons learned during the pilot, and receive feedback from all parties engaged in this project.

CEO of BCI, Patrick Laine said, “We are delighted with the collaboration and efforts of US cotton growers US Better Cotton to the supply chain in response to a request from many global brands.”

The first volumes of US Better Cotton to reach the market were purchased immediately – and we intend to satisfy that demand in coming years by expanding the supply of US Better Cotton,” he informed.

He added, “This is an extremely positive start, and we look forward to working with more US farmers on continually improving practices that are directly relevant to their businesses.” (AR)

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