In 2008 44 billion US$ were spent on pesticides used in agricultural production. US$ 3 billion were spent in cotton. On less than 3% of the arable land (=cotton production area) worldwide 6.8% of the herbicides and 16% of the insecticides used were applied in cotton only.
Production of genetically modified cotton has increased tremendously, covered in the season 2008/09 48% of all cotton production area, amounted to 54% of global cotton production and 52% of cotton trade.
Organic Exchange predicts a 21% growth (estimation) in organic cotton production in 2009.