Paper, plastic or cotton?
U.S. cotton farmers are suffering from two years of depressed prices — China, weather and yoga pants are mainly to blame
The trendiness of synthetic fiber yoga pants is hurting American cotton farmers. But deep in the heart of North Carolina, cotton researchers are designing new fabrics to stay competitive.
The Big Book
Huang Daopo transformed the cotton industry in China hundreds of years before the West
A USDA aid program will offer $300 million in assistance to cotton farmers.
China's 11 million metric ton stockpile of cotton is causing a fall in market prices.
The aid, which dates from the Great Depression, could end when Congress acts on the next farm bill. The World Trade Organization has ruled it's an illegal subsidy, and legislators are looking for budget items to slash.
According to the Wall Street Journal, cotton has become part of the fabric of life in China -- the country has bought over a million tons of the fluffy white stuff in the last seven months.
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