World cotton production statistics


Tons of cotton produced

Globally, this year

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World cotton production statistics in real...
time and some of the not-so-nice effects of it. Most of our clothes are made from conventionally produced cotton that use massive amounts of pesticides. On top of that, the use of sweatshops, child labor and even slavery is widespread in the industry.

Top 5 facts about cotton production


A lot of cotton

29 million tons of cotton are produced a year. The same as 29 t-shirts for everyone on Earth. But the consumption of cotton varies a lot. In some Western countries we use an amount of cotten that would corresponds to more than 100 t-shirts per person.


Cotton is dirty

The cotton industry is one of the dirtiest industries in the world. It uses enormous amounts of pesticides, and the use of child labor is common.


Children and pesticides - not a good mix

Because of their smaller body size, differing metabolism, and rapidly growing and developing organ systems, children are much more vulnerable to the negative effects of being exposed to pesticides.


Child labor in cotton fields

Often, child laborers are directly involved in cotton pesticide application. Usually with no protection at all.


Poison from cotton chemicals

The poison can accumulate in the body and be passed on to next generations. Cotton chemicals can cause spontaneous abortion, still birth, sterility, behavioral abnormalities, and cancer. To name a few effects.

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