According to the American Organic Trade Association (OTA), the planting area of organic cotton in the United States increased by 26% in 2009, reaching the highest level in eight years.
Barbara Howman, a spokeswoman for OTA, said that due to the cyclical cotton rotation and the transition from non organic cotton land to organic cotton production, the planting area of organic cotton has expanded.
According to the association, the planting area of organic cotton in the United States reached 10731 acres in 2009, up from 8539 acres in 2008. The planting area in 2009 was the largest since the 11586 acres of organic cotton were planted in 2001. The survey on the planting area of organic cotton was funded by the American Industrial Organization Cotton Group.
According to the estimation of the United States Department of Agriculture, the total cotton planting area in the United States in 2009 was 9.13 million acres.
Organic cotton planting does not use pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In order to prove that it is organic fiber, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seeds.