The sustainability of cotton production in China and in Australia

Zhao, Xufu and Tisdell, Clem (2009). The sustainability of cotton production in China and in Australia. Working Papers on Economics, Ecology and Environment 157, School of Economics, University of Queensland.

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Author Zhao, Xufu
Tisdell, Clem
Title The sustainability of cotton production in China and in Australia
School, Department or Centre School of Economics
Institution University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Series Working Papers on Economics, Ecology and Environment
Report Number 157
Publication date 2009-06-01
Start page 1
End page 34
Total pages 34
Language eng
Subject 340214 Urban and Regional Economics
340201 Agricultural Economics
340202 Environment and Resource Economics
Abstract/Summary After providing some background about the importance of cotton as a fibre, this article provides information about the global relevance of China’s and Australia’s cotton industries and compares the structure and other significant features of their cotton industries. Attention is given to trends in overall cotton yields and the volume of production of cotton globally, in Australia, and in China as indicators of the sustainability of cotton supplies. Some simple economic theory is applied to indicate the relationship between market conditions and the sustainability of global cotton supplies. Then the environmental and economic factors that challenge the sustainability of Australian cotton production are outlined and analysed and this is done subsequently for China’s cotton production. Geographical and regional features that affect the sustainability of cotton supplies in Australia and China are given particular attention. Some new economic theory is proposed to model hysteresis in Australia’s supplies of cotton. Ways of coping with the sustainability difficulties that are being encountered by both these nations are compared. Many of the sustainability challenges facing these two countries are found to differ but some of their environmental obstacles to sustainable cotton production are similar.
Keyword Australia
China
cotton production
fibre markets
hysteresis of supplies
sustainable agriculture
Water Resources
Additional Notes ISSN 1327-8231

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