Continuous Improvement in the Fields
The 16,000 cotton farms in the United States have been committed to continuous improvement for decades. Over the past 35 years, U.S. cotton production has used 82% less water per bale and 38% less energy, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, all while reducing land use per bale by 31%.
The adoption of practices such as minimal tillage, GPS and sensor-driven precision agriculture, and the growing of winter cover crops have further improved soil health, reducing loss and erosion by 44% per acre and increasing soil carbon levels.
Industry-wide Regulation and Quality Control
Source U.S. cotton with confidence, knowing that the United States has one of the most comprehensive and strict regulatory environments to ensure responsible growing practices as well as cotton traceability and quality-control, making it a safe and more sustainable choice:
The U.S. regulatory framework is extensive and covers environmental regulations on pesticides, labor, wages, working conditions, safety and health. U.S. cotton is also regulated as a food crop, making it safe for people and the environment.
The Permanent Bale Identification system, which assigns a unique barcode to every bale of U.S. grown cotton at the gin, provides farm-to-mill traceability for each bale.
The USDA Classification System, used the world over, underpins the quality and consistency of every order of U.S. cotton that enters the supply chain – long staple length, minimal contaminants and bright, uniform color.
Trust Protocol Participant Grower Metrics
Trust Protocol members will have access to aggregate sustainability metrics based on self-assessment questionnaires of participating growers. In addition, members will receive customized reporting based on national environmental metrics for key sustainability indicators.
Trust Protocol Grower Requirements
Participant growers’ efforts today will help protect U.S. cotton for the next generation.
As a participant, growers opt-in to:
- Enrollment and registration
- Participation and registration in the Field to Market (FTM) Fieldprint Platform
- Self-assessment against best management practices
- Statement of commitment
- Subject to random sampling for second and/or third party verification and assurance of participation
The Trust Protocol will also enable Trust Protocol growers to track and improve cotton growing techniques.