By  on November 8, 2019

Conflicted cotton is an oft-ignored topic in the fashion industry. But as traceability grows as a subject of interest, conflicted cotton — its origins, and the human rights abuses that surround its production processes — is having a comeback of sorts.

The fiber is in demand now more than ever: Global cotton production is expected to rise 6.9 percent in this year to a near-record 126.5 million bales, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And countries such as China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are the largest cotton consumers in the world, accounting for more than 65 percent of global consumption, as stated in a separate report by Mordor Intelligence.

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