Organic cotton production began in Turkey in the 1980s, initiated by the GFF (Good Food Organization), a group of five European food importers. At present, many cotton-producing countries in the world adopt positive attitude and effective methods to research and develop and produce organic cotton.
According to the data survey, from 2000 to 2001, the global organic cotton production accounted for 0.03% of the global cotton production, a total of 12 countries, Turkey (29%), the United States (27%), India (17%) and other countries. From 2004 to 2005, the number of organic cotton growing countries in the world increased to 22, followed by Turkey (40%), India (25%), the United States (7.7%) and China (7.3%). From 2005 to 2006, Turkey (32.76%) and India (31.71%) were the largest producers of organic cotton in the world, with China and the United States ranking third and fourth respectively. By the end of 2007, organic cotton has been planted in 24 countries worldwide, with India and Turkey still the first and second largest producers. In 2008-2009, the global organic cotton production increased by 20% compared with 2007-2008, and the planting area reached 253 000 hm2. The global yield in 2009-2010 increased by 15% compared with 2008-2009, with a total planted area of 461,000 hm2. It is not difficult to see from this, from 2006 to 2010, the global organic cotton production increased year by year, the momentum of development is very rapid. But global production fell in 2010-11 and 2011-12.