2020 Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference

Episode 5 of Smarter Conversations

On this episode of the Smarter Conversations Podcast, La Rhea Pepper, CEO of Textile Exchange, and Dr. Andrew Jordan, cotton sustainability consultant, speak about sustainability goals within the cotton industry. Having shared a panel on soil health at the Textile Exchange 2020 Sustainability Conference in the first week of November, the two discuss different options for sustainable cotton and the role of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol.

Smarter Conversations

Smarter Conversations is a podcast series by U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® weaving together voices from the bottom supply chain. 


Every month our host, journalist Cathy Smith, will discuss a different aspect of the complexities and challenges of sustainability in the global cotton supply chain. 


Scaling Impact: A walk through the data from the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol


Why Counting Counts: Unleashing the Power of Verified Data


Sustainability in cotton production: debunking myths and false claims


Deepika Mishra

Standards and Data Lead (consultant)

Deepika Mishra is the Standards and Data Lead for the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, acting as a consultant for the program. As an accomplished scientist and data analytics specialist, Deepika leads on analysis of the Trust Protocol’s environmental metrics. She collaborates extensively with agricultural research institutions, conservation groups, and food and trade organizations, playing a vital role in the establishment of sustainability and social standards within the industry.

Deepika earned her Ph.D. in plant and soil science from Texas Tech University, specializing in cotton breeding and genetics. With over a decade of experience, she has spearheaded diverse agricultural projects in both India and the United States, covering crops like cotton, cowpeas, castor, sesame, guar, guayule, tomato, and field pennycress (cover crop). Her contributions also include the development and release of multiple cowpea varieties in India during her M.S. studies in vegetable breeding and genetics.