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MEDIA ADVISORY: Experts Look to Shrink Cotton’s Ecological Footprint

September 21st, 2010

Story Contact: Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217, hurstn@missouri.edu

 

Members of the domestic cotton industry, from growers from the boot heel of the state to the company that genetically engineers the seeds, will gather at the 2010 Mizzou Textile and Apparel Management Sustainable Cotton Summit to discuss how to make their cotton products more sustainable.

Members of the domestic cotton industry, from growers from the boot heel of the state to the company that genetically engineers the seeds, will gather at the 2010 Mizzou Textile and Apparel Management Sustainable Cotton Summit to discuss how to make their cotton products more sustainable.

WHAT: Members of the domestic cotton industry, from growers from the boot heel of the state to the company that genetically engineers the seeds, will gather at the 2010 Mizzou Textile and Apparel Management Sustainable Cotton Summit to discuss how to make their cotton products more sustainable. The conference hopes to expose people, especially college students, to the concept of sustainability. Speakers will educate each other about the supply chain including growing, manufacturing and transporting cotton to consumers.

“We are going to explore the whole supply chain from fiber to consumer.” said Pamela Norum, associate professor in MU’s Department of Textile and Apparel Management. “What are the different types of businesses that touch the product and what are they doing to be more sustainable? What efforts are being made along the supply chain to help the sustainability of cotton products?”

Funded by the Importer Support Program of the Cotton Board and managed by Cotton Incorporated, the conference is meant to benefit Missouri cotton and improve the sustainability of the industry by informing consumers on the sustainable and economically viable options of cotton.

WHO: Representatives from every aspect of the cotton industry will come together for the conference to discuss how each part of the process currently works and where there is opportunity to improve sustainability. Students, faculty and community members are encouraged to attend.

WHERE: Donald W. Reynolds Alumni Center

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Wednesday, Sept 22.

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public.

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