More Cotton with Less Water

More Cotton with Less Water

September 3, 2019
Climate Change  Farmer Livelihood 

How does plant biotechnology help farmers grow more cotton while using water more efficiently? Click through the field and find out!

Cotton production accounts for 3% of global agricultural water use. Plant biotechnology can drive that number even lower.

In the past 35 years, cotton yields have risen 42%, largely due to biotechnology and better irrigation techniques.

Growing biotech cotton reduces the water required to grow enough cotton for a pair of jeans by 1,500 gallons. That's roughly 20 full bathtubs!

The fiber from one 227-kilo bale of cotton can produce 4,300 pairs of socks. If the cotton in that bale is organic, that would require 56% more water to grow than biotech cotton.