PANNA: Resource Pointer #381: Organic Cotton


Resource Pointer #381: (Organic Cotton)
April 13, 2005

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*Directory for Organic Cotton and Organic Cotton Products, Web site* One quarter of all insecticides and one tenth of all pesticides are applied to conventionally grown cotton. This directory promotes sustainable alternatives as it connects all links of the worldwide cotton chain from growers to gins, mills, manufacturers and retailers. First compiled by PANNA and now expanded and maintained by PAN Germany, the directory provides information on organic certification, cotton production and retail outlets in a wide range of countries. Contact Pestizid Aktions-Netzwerk e.V. (PAN Germany), Nernstweg 32, D – 22765 Hamburg, phone (49 40) 399 19 10-0, fax (49 40) 390 75 20, email, website

*Dress Sense: A Consumer Guide to Shopping for Organic Clothing and Textiles, 2003* PAN UK. Discusses the social and environmental reasons for purchasing organic and fairly traded textiles and provides access to a full list of all known UK retailers of organic textiles. Includes a campaign postcard for consumers to encourage retailers to stock organic, fairly traded cotton. Provides access to other resources for education and campaigning.11pages. £2.50. Also available as a free download at ContactSimon Ferrigno, Pesticide Action Network UK, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4JX, phone (44 20) 7065 0915, fax (44 20) 7065-0907, email, website

*Organic Cotton: A Practical Guide to the UK Market, 2004* Simon Ferrigno. Provides practical information to consumers and suppliers as well as background information about the challenges of expanding organic cotton production in developing countries and the environmental and human health costs of conventionally grown cotton. Highlights organic cotton production in Africa. 76 pages. £10. Contact Pesticide Action Network UK, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4JX, phone (44 20) 7065 0915, fax (44 20) 7065-0907, email, website

*Sustainable Cotton Project Web site* Includes information on three separate tracks for growers, manufacturers and consumers of sustainably produced cotton. Provides growers with information and cost comparisons for Integrated Pest Management and the BASIC program (Biological Agriculture Systems In Cotton), manufacturers with information about the Cleaner Cotton Campaign, which seeks to boost markets for organic and sustainable cotton, and consumers with the “10 Good Reasons Campaign,” which promotes fair trade, organic and sustainable cotton clothes. Also offers a comprehensive list of web resources for more information. Contact Sustainable Cotton Project, P.O. Box 363, Davis, CA 95617, phone (530) 756-8518 Ext 34, fax (530) 756-7857, email

*Proceedings 04 Cotton: A European Conference on Developing the Organic Cotton Market, 2004* PAN Germany in cooperation with PAN UK and L’Organisation Beninoise pour la Promotion de l’Agriculture Biologique (OBEPAB). Includes a complete listing of events and transcripts from plenary and workshop presentations, the final conference declaration and a list of participants. Also includes a CD with the recorded proceedings.142 pages. $10.90 Euros. Contact PAN Germany, Cotton Connection, Alexandra Baier and Norbert Reintjes, Nernstweg 32, 22765 Hamburg, Germany OR PAN UK, Simon Ferrigno, Eurolink Centre, 49 Effra Road, London SW2 1 BZ UK, phone (44 20) 7065-0915, fax (44 20) 7065-0907, email, website

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