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Cotton Business Sectors Face Challenges in Rebuilding


September 3, 2020

Cotton Grower - From agriculture through to the fashion industry, the cotton supply chain is a vital job-creating sector. Yet with COVID-19 creating a dent in the economy with about 30 million people on unemployment benefits in the United States, figuring out how to grow the economy is a serious challenge.

Although masks may not move the bar much with regard to consumption, new applications – particularly in the medical field – bring due attention to the fibers, which will influence the consumption and support for natural fibers.

“Non-traditional products may not consume a large quantity of cotton, but they allow cotton to reach new and untapped markets,” agreed Eric Hequet, a cotton geneticist and Associate Vice President for Research at Texas Tech University.

Click here to read more from this story by Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology and The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University.