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Cotton Grown in Africa is Easier on the Earth Than Conventional Plantations

Posted By Tafline Laylin On January 6, 2013 @ 10:46 am In Ecouterre | No Comments

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The cotton industry consumes a pile of water and emits significant greenhouse gases [1], but new research reveals that growing cotton in Africa exacts a smaller ecological price. Cotton Made in Africa commissioned Hamburg-based Systain to conduct an independent study as part of an Aid by Trade Foundation [2] initiative to determine the carbon and water footprint of African smallholders. It turns out that their cotton plantations emit 70 percent less carbon dioxide [3] and consume 18,000 liters less water per kilogram of cotton lint than conventional operations such as those in Pakistan.

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[1] significant greenhouse gases: http://inhabitat.com/tag/greenhouse-gases/

[2] Aid by Trade Foundation: http://www.cotton-made-in-africa.com/en/the-foundation/aid-by-trade-foundation.html

[3] 70 percent less carbon dioxide: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=carbon+dioxide+emissions

[4] READ MORE >: http://www.ecouterre.com/african-made-cotton-has-smaller-ecological-footprint-says-new-study/

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