Sustainability

"A Diverse Landscape", by Georgie Krieg

Sustainability has long been a key focus of the Australian cotton industry. Today, Australian cotton growers grow more cotton on less land, with more efficient water use and with less impact on the environment than ever before.

The Australian cotton industry:

  • Is dedicated to becoming the producer and supplier of the most environmentally and socially responsible cotton in the world.
  • Aims to be a global leader in sustainable agriculture by investing in research and development and reporting against recognised sustainability indicators.
  • Is committed to delivering independent, evidence based assessments of its sustainability and environmental performance

In 2014, the Australian cotton industry released its first sustainability report prepared according to the principles and framework of the Global Reporting Initiative for Sustainability Reporting (G4 version). Access the Australian Grown Cotton Sustainability Report 2014 here.

Underpinning the industry's commitment to sustainability is the commitment to science and innovation, and the myBMP (Best Management Practice) program. myBMP is the Australian cotton industry’s voluntary farm and environmental management system for growers to improve on-farm production. myBMP ensures that the Australian cotton industry produces economically, socially and environmentally sustainable cotton. 45 percent of Australia’s

 Progress is recorded, monitored and audited in 11 key areas of the farm operations:

  • Biosecurity: the avoidance, management and control of pests and diseases
  • Biotechnology: for GM cotton varieties
  • Energy and Input Efficiency: efficient use of energy inputs like fuel and fertilisers
  • Fibre Quality: for growing the best quality cotton possible

  • Human Resources and Work Health Safety: managing staff and contractors and their safety
  • Integrated Pest Management: for weeds, pests and diseases
  • Natural Assets: managing vegetative and riparian assets
  • Pesticide Management: pesticide storage and use
  • Petrochemical Storage and Handling: petrochemical storage and use
  • Soil Health: ensuring healthy soils for the long term
  • Water Management:  water quality, efficiency of storage and distribution, dryland and irrigated farming practices