Cotton for the 21st Century - An Introduction to organic cottonhttp://farmhub.textileexchange.org/upload/learning%20zone/Cotton%20Briefings%20separate/Organic%20Cotton_An%20Introduction.pdf
Historically, organic cotton began as the initiative of social entrepreneurs, farmers and NGOs responding to problems of misuse and overuse of pesticides and to social problems caused by production practices, low prices and farmer debt. Since the 1980s there has been a steady increase in the availability of certified organic cotton textiles. Around five years ago, organic cotton production started to expand significantly but still only made up 0.1 percent of total global cotton fiber production. Five years later organic cotton now represents 1.1 percent of global production. This is a growth of over 500 percent since 2005!