The summer 2021-22 edition of CRDC's magazine, Spotlight, focuses on the cotton industry's progress under the PLANET. PEOPLE. PADDOCK Sustainability Framework

The 2021 CRDC Grower Survey – out now and featured in this edition of Spotlight – shows that 18 months after its introduction, there is increasing awareness of PLANET. PEOPLE. PADDOCK. among growers, with a majority believing it is very important for the cotton industry.

While some sustainability targets are still in development, others are close to being reached. Growers have been hard at work, with significant investment and powered by world-class RD&E, to improve water use efficiency and pesticide use.

Some targets need further action from the industry. An increase in greenhouse gas emissions from cotton farms, due largely to inefficient use of nitrogen fertilisers (as outlined in the CRDC and Cotton Australia 2019 Sustainability Report) is of concern and a key focus for CRDC's research, development and extension. 

In line with our commitment to improve sustainability outcomes, we recently held the first meeting of the Australian Cotton Sustainability Reference Group. And, we’re about to kick off the fourth independent environmental assessment of Australian cotton, continuing the 30 year commitment to openly and transparently assessing our impact.