The Cotton FAQ

Did You Know...?

Cotton is grown...
in 80 countries.
The US is the biggest exporter...
and China is the biggest importer of cotton.
The word “gin” in cotton gin...
was shortened from the original cotton “engine”.
The first evidence of cotton farming...
dates back 7000 years to the Indus valley in India.
Amount of arable land...
used worldwide to grow cotton is 2 to 2.5%.
Insecticides usage by USA cotton producers...
has declined 50% over since 1990.
Over the last 25 years...
water used for cotton has been reduced 45%.
Cotton is a perennial shrub...
but is it is primarily grown as an annual crop, this helps to prevent the build up of pest population.
Cotton is planted...
in the spring and plants need some 100 days to mature, with a total growing cycle from planting to harvest of 6 to 7 months depending on varieties and growing conditions.
A cotton fiber length...
can be 1000 to 3000 or more times its diameter.