Usually we speak about Organic Cotton to expose all the benefits of it. Today, we wish to share with you some good news that Mr. Trump caused well involuntarily. Hang yourself because the way is long!
Before we stop on Mr Trump, it should be known that Organic Cotton is cultivated today in 22 countries. India is the first Organic world cotton producer (67% of the worldwide production), followed by China (12%),Turkey and the USA. Some countries of Africa are involved in it, but their volumes are modest:Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Mali and Benin. As for Monsieur Trump, you probably heard of its wish to tax the imports coming from China, in particular its steel and its aluminium. It is done and it is applied since June 1st. In counterpart China thus studies tariff barriers on the American agricultural food products: Soybean, Sorghum and Cotton.Consequence of all of that, the price of cotton is increasing ( there is not only one customs effect there; there is also the drought in Texas and bad climatic conditions in the area of Xinjiang in China, but let’s not disperse!).
In addition, another geopolitical factor is making move the lines: rise of the price of the barrel of oil. Who has a direct incidence on the price of Polyester (the fabrics). However the competitor of cotton, it is of course the Polyester. “It occurs of them 8,300 kg a second in the world against 820 kg of cotton” affirms Georges Toby, directing cotton for the Company CAMWOOD Trade. When it is known that Organic production of Cotton accounts for 0.1% of the worldwide production of conventional cotton, one can deduce that Organic Cotton fights 1 against 100 against Polyester: 82 kg produced each second against 8,300 kg of Polyester fiber, containing oil. One does not joke.
The good news is thus that if the price of cotton increases, remaining in spite of this rise better positioned in term of competition towards Polyester, the farmers which cultivate already Organic Cotton will be remunerated better. And that those which do not cultivate it yet,will be encouraged to do so. We write these words as optimistic observers. We hope that the next months will agree to us. Never let us forget that cotton is the most polluting culture of the world,because it is an inedible plant. There is no limit to sprinkle it with pesticides or other fertilizers. One speaks about 22,000 deaths within the farmers who cultivate it. I think personally that these figures do not mean anything, unfortunately. Because with a little common sense, it’s easy to evaluate the effects of products manifestly toxic for the man, managed by little educated farmers, therefore not very well informed, little protected and easy to convince by the large giants who sell to them these products without any warning of unspecified effect on their health. To thus follow….with optimism.