US cotton farmers committed to reduce gas emissions by 39% by 2025

04 Jun '21
2 min read
Pic: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Pic: US Cotton Trust Protocol

The US cotton industry aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 39 per cent and the energy required to produce seed cotton and ginned lint by 15 per cent, as per the 10-year targets based on the data from 2015. The industry will also increase water efficiency (more fibre per gallon) by 18 per cent, said Gary Adams, president of US Cotton Trust Protocol.

Some of the other targets of the cotton farmers in the US include reducing soil loss by 50 per cent, in balance with new soil formation, reducing the amount of land needed to produce a pound of cotton fibre by 13 per cent and increasing soil carbon in fields by 30 per cent, Adams said in an exclusive interview with Fibre2Fashion.

Talking about the innovations that have worked well for cotton growers so far, he said, “Precision agriculture and water irrigation innovations have helped US growers use data to drive efficiencies in their practices. Additionally, energy-conserving innovations such as reduced number of tillage passes, which can increase CO2 captured from the air into the soil by as much as 400 pounds per acre per year, and more efficient irrigation systems have reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”

Click here to read the entire interview.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (KD)

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