Turkey is a world leader in organic cotton production with a 53 per cent share of the market according to Rebecca Clahan Klein, president of the Organic Exchange, a non-profit business organisation focused on creating environmental and social benefits through the expansion of organic agriculture.

Klein, talking to the press during a visit to Izmir, said that the organic cotton market has seen huge growth in the last three years, tripling in size from US$300 million to US$900 million. She also noted the market is expected to reach US$2 billion by 2007.

She said there is growing interest in organic cotton throughout the clothing and textiles industry, and that 20 of the world's biggest 200 retailers now sell organic cotton.

Klein said: "Today, Turkey with a 53 per cent share, is the leader in organic cotton production. The country's history, climate and culture play main role in this leadership."

By Hasan Gulveren.