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Egypt seeks to weave cotton renaissance

Apo - Treading carefully among his sprawling green plants in the Nile Delta, Egyptian farmer Fatuh Khalifa fills his arms with fluffy white cotton picked by his workers.

Cotton plants provide the basis of an anti-cancer treatment

A naturally occurring compound found in the ubiquitous cotton plant, called gossypol, may contain a key chemical that could help to treat prostate cancer. The focus is on tackling cancer at the genetic level.

Syrian 'conflict cotton' could sneak onto the catwalk: Experts

Paris - Islamic State militants have got their hands on Syrian cotton production, worrying some manufacturers that IS-linked clothes could eventually end up on the catwalk or in your closet.

Saving Cotton Plants With Fungi

Scientists have analysed a beneficial fungus that can work as a disease control agent to protect cotton crops from pathogens.

UN watchdog praises Uzbekistan for tentative progress on child labour

Tashkent - An expert with the International Labour Organisation praised major cotton exporter Uzbekistan for making tentative progress in moving to eliminate the worst forms of child labour.

Stronger and longer: New cotton fiber developed

Dallas - A research team have increased the length of cotton fiber by at least 5 millimeters, or 17 percent, compared to the control plants in their experiment. This is expected to lead to better and stronger quality cotton.

Diesel+EDUN combines passion, fashion, and business

EDUN, the fashion company founded by rock star Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, has teamed up with well-known denim brand Diesel. Products sourced or made entirely in Africa will be available in Spring 2013, all bearing the "Diesel+EDUN" label.

Op-Ed: Maps released of GMO crop experiments in Spain

Maps have been released, showing various locations in Spain, where permission was requested in 2010 and 2011 to experiment with genetically modified crops.

Bt cotton - less miracles, more failures for Indian farmers

Bt cotton hybrids are pointing to drastic depletion of soil nutrients due to repeated cultivation. Crop failures and less yield from the use of transgenic seeds are causing suicides among Indian farmers.

Coronation Street star speaks up for hens

Coronation Street star Antony Cotton spoke out about the welfare of hens as it was announced that he had become a celebrity patron of the British Hen Welfare Trust.

Researchers find use of GM cotton creates pest problems

China grows mainly GM cotton. The cotton was genetically modified to be resistant to a pest called known as the bollworm, a bug that loves to munch cotton.

Nanotech clothing that can power your gadgets

What is the clothing of the future? How about a gym shirt that can monitor heart rate, analyze sweat loss and keep you at an optimal temperature? Or, a pair of pants that charges your cellphone when placed in your pocket? This technology is available now.

Accidental Release of GE Cotton Poses No Safety Risk to Humans or Animals

The U.S. government announced today that there is no food or feed safety concern from an incident in which a small portion of an unauthorized genetically engineered (GE) cotton variety was harvested along with commercially available GE cotton.

Egyptian Cotton Sheets: Made From Blood, Sweat, and Child Labor

For those that use Egyptian cotton sheets, you may want to think about how those sheets were made in the first place.

Undeterred By Region's Violence, Cranes Winter In Israel

ROSH PINA, Israel (dpa) - Undeterred by the ongoing violence in the Middle East, they are almost the only foreign winter holidaymakers around, turning the muddy, green field into a sea of black and grey dots, before forming large clouds as they rise up...
 

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Offloading freshly harvested cotton into a module builder in Texas; previously built modules can be ...
Offloading freshly harvested cotton into a module builder in Texas; previously built modules can be seen in the background.
United States Departement of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service – Image Number K5925-12
Bono  his wife Ali Hewson  and Diesel brand founder Renzo Rosso are collaborating on the new fashion...
Bono, his wife Ali Hewson, and Diesel brand founder Renzo Rosso are collaborating on the new fashion line, Diesel+EDUN, available in Spring 2013.
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An Iraqi vendor folds cotton towels  one of many items imported over land from neigbouring Syria  in...
An Iraqi vendor folds cotton towels, one of many items imported over land from neigbouring Syria, in central Baghdad
Sabah Arar, AFP/File
Syrian "conflict cotton" is an issue at the vaunted fashion houses in Paris  whose creatio...
Syrian "conflict cotton" is an issue at the vaunted fashion houses in Paris, whose creations are exhibited on catwalks all over the world
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Shawn Butler  a graduate student at the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and...
Shawn Butler, a graduate student at the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, analyzes cotton research plots from his laptop thanks to images obtained with an unmanned areial system .
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At the IHT Luxury Conference on Friday  Bono described Africa as  remarkable creative  and entrepren...
At the IHT Luxury Conference on Friday, Bono described Africa as "remarkable creative, and entrepreneurial," and reminisced about conversations he shared with friends at EDUN's launch in 2005. "Our African friends said to us... 'Is it another charitable project?' And we're like, 'No, it's a business.' 'Oh thank GOD.'"
Kevin Ito
Cotton bolls ready for harvest
Cotton bolls ready for harvest
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