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Objective

To create a more sustainable American landscape.

Overview

e3™ is BASF CropScience’s more sustainable cotton option. It is grown in the U.S.A. with care by cotton producers striving to improve their sustainability in production of the highest-quality upland cotton for apparel and home furnishings.

Manufacturing Process

NA

Manufacturing Location

NA

Fiber Production 2016/17 (MT)

47,302

Growth in production (2015/16 - 2016/17)

30%

Market Share of Total Cotton Grown (2016/17)

0.20%

Projected growth in production

Stable

Yield (see accompanying “TE Position” notes)

845-2,242 kg/ha

Rainfed/ Irrigated

Combination

Water Management

Aims to reduce irrigation water use.

Soil Fertility

Promotes soil health and stewardship. Activity is assessed on various factors including land use and soil carbon. Concept based on continuous, measured improvement.

Biodiversity

Promoted biodiversity conservation. Activity is assessed on various factors including conservation. The concept is to improve one’s performance on these various parameters over time.

GMOs Permitted?

Yes

Use of Hazardous Pesticides

Pesticide use is measured under e3™ guidelines, while IPM is encourage through precision farming technologies, and subject to US regulations regarding pesticide use. 92% of e3™ producers use non-chemical means of pest control including Bt varieties and biobased insecticides and 91% preserve beneficial insects by using scouts who can identify and understand economic value of useful insects.

Use of Synthetic Fertilizer

Fertilizer use is measured under e3™ program criteria, along with crop rotation, compositing and cover crop usage. 98% of e3™ producers conduct soil test and 94% applied nutrients based on crop & soil needs and/or University recommendations.

LCA available?

No

Water Consumption (m3/ 1000kg fiber*) or best practices used to conserve water

No LCA Data

Primary Energy Demand MJ /1000 kg fiber *

No LCA Data

Global Warming (kg of CO2-eq/ 1000kg fiber*)

No LCA Data

Eutrophication (kg of phosphate-eq/ 1000 kg fiber *)

Promoted biodiversity conservation. Activity is assessed on various factors including conservation. The concept is to improve one’s performance on these various parameters over time.

Social considerations / regulations

Yes

Verification / Certification (farm level)

Pesticide use is measured under e3™ guidelines, while IPM is encourage through precision farming technologies, and subject to US regulations regarding pesticide use. 92% of e3™ producers use non-chemical means of pest control including Bt varieties and biobased insecticides and 91% preserve beneficial insects by using scouts who can identify and understand economic value of useful insects.

Chain of Custody (supply chain)

Fertilizer use is measured under e3™ program criteria, along with crop rotation, compositing and cover crop usage. 98% of e3™ producers conduct soil test and 94% applied nutrients based on crop & soil needs and/or University recommendations.

Product marketing/labeling

Limited on product marketing.

Consumer recognition

No data

Livelihoods

e3™ farmers are paid a small per bale incentive to reinvest in sustainable improvement practices.

Product marketing/labeling

Small price differential paid to farmers, negotiated with individual brand/retailer.

Quality perception/ implications

No known quality implications.
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