Cotton is grown in 66 countries commercially, and the grand total in 2009 was 100 150 000 bales, each weighing 480 pounds. Your share would be 6. 991 pounds , or 3.146kg of cotton per year. To give you an idea, of what can be made from this cotton-- 3 pairs of jeans, 11 men's dress shirts, 30 boxer shorts, or, if its more to your liking, $457 000 in 100-dollar bills. That's right , we could make that much money for every Earthling with our cotton, what it would be able to buy is a different question.
If we could make a giant cube out of this (compressed, baled) cotton , it would be 363. 6 meters tall.
Current value (October 2010) is around $1- 1.05 per pound, worlds crop costs 50.5 billion US dollars.
There are 18 600 farms that plant some cotton in US, and each is getting $230 per acre (0.4 ha) for doing so (courtesy of US taxpayers)
With 10.3 million acres sown in US, it costs well over $2 billion to lower the world price of cotton, which is surely appreciated by the biggest cotton importer, China (10.9 million bales in 2009, more than the rest of the World combined). This figure was as high as $3.3 billion in 2005.
Cotton demands as much as 2.6% of an entire world's water use. A ton of cotton requires 3644 tons of water. 1 bale, needs 787 tons of water, 1 pair of jeans--almost 1000 gallons, a $1 bill-- over 2.5 liters each
more on the topic here :http://www.waterfootprint.org/Reports/Report18.pdf
Land usage: 433 000 sq. kilometers or 43.3 million hectares ( 108.25 million acres), which is 2.75% of all arable land in the world. It is an area very slightly smaller than Iraq, or slightly bigger than California.
16% of all world's pesticides , and 25% of all world's insecticides are used to prop all that fiber up.
Aldicarb, cotton's second best selling insecticide and most acutely poisonous to humans, can kill a man with just one drop absorbed through the skin, yet it is still used in 25 countries and the US, where 16 states have reported it in their groundwater. Bon appetit!
Major producer is China, with 32 million bales, major producer per capita is Turkmenistan, with about 117.4 pounds of cotton produced per person in 2009. About 550 000 hectares are used for cotton there, which is about 30% of all arable land there.
Production stats, 480-pound bales, 2009 :
|Production Ranking MY 2009(000) 480-pound bales|
|Country||Beginning Stocks||Production||Imports||Total Supply||Mill Use||Exports||Ending Stocks||SUR*|
|China, Peoples Republic of||22,366||32,000||10,903||65,269||49,000||23||18,246||37.22%|
|Uzbekistan, Republic of||1,948||3,900||0||5,848||1,100||3,800||948||19.35%|
|Tanzania, United Republic of||440||450||0||890||170||325||395||79.80%|
|Tajikistan, Republic of||296||375||0||671||40||450||181||36.94%|
|Kazakhstan, Republic of||132||350||3||485||55||337||93||23.72%|
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