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“Hell, is truth seen too late” Thomas Hobbes

Global citizens have local responsibilities

Today, we are faithful, a global family. What happens in one part of the world may affect us all. It is, of course, is not only true of the negative things that happen but is equally valid for the positive developments. The consumption of cotton fibre connected to a chain of impacts. The water resources in countries where cotton growing is high. The Water footprint’ of worldwide cotton consumption identifying both the place and the character of the impacts. The three types of water footprint.

Water footprint

  • bluewater footprint measures water consumed from ground and surface water sources such as lakes, rivers and reservoirs
  • green water footprint measures the soil such as rainwater
  • the grey water footprint is the water necessary to dilute pollutants (fertilizers nitrogen), so the quality remains at the tolerable standard

Cotton is water demanding crop

Water pollution during growth or processing. The latter impact quantified in terms of the dilution volume necessary to assimilate the pollution. For the period 1997-2001, the study shows that the worldwide consumption of cotton products requires:

  • 256 G3 of water per year, out of which about;
  •  42% is blue water
  • 39% green water and
  • 19% dilution water.

Impacts are typically cross-border. Eighty-four per cent of the cotton fibre water footprint located in the region located outside Europe, it creates a huge problem, particularly in India and Uzbekistan. Given the general lack of proper water pricing mechanisms or other ways of transmitting production-information, cotton consumers have little incentive to take responsibility for the impacts on remote water systems. Even this is not a new study think of all the years this has been going on.

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