The Leonard Lopate Show

The Touch, The Feel, The Worldwide Domination, of Cotton

Friday, February 20, 2015

The story of cotton is tied to the story of modern capitalism, a constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, workers and factory owners.

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High Price of Cotton Tears at Retailers' Business Fabric

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Earlier this year, world cotton prices hit a record high. Now, the higher costs are working their way through the supply chain to consumers and the labels that sell to them.


The Takeaway

In Commodity Market, Cotton Really is King

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Commodity prices are higher than they have been since before the financial crisis in 2008. But one commodity is doing better than all of the others: cotton. A pound of cotton currently costs more than $2 — that’s up from about 85 cents just a year ago, and higher than it has ever been in history. In fact, it is the second time since the Civil War that cotton has gone over $1. We talk with Gary Feist, a cotton farmer in Wakita, Oklahoma, who's been in the business for the past 15 years. Feist is also the manager of the Southern Kansas Cotton Growers Cooperative.