USA & CANADA
In the United States, increased competition globally have significantly reduced the levels of wool textile and apparel production…
- domestic production of chiefly wool apparel fabric declined by 24% in 2000 to 11.7 million kilograms;
- after declining by 18% in 1999, US imports of chiefly wool apparel (menswear, womenswear and knitwear) increased by 16% in 2000 to59.8 million kilograms.
On of the consequences of this phenomenon was the increasing growth of alternative fibres production and the development of a niche market of organic wool…
- USA and Canada: a survey of wool producers reveals that 28,510 pounds (12,959 kg) of organic wool were harvested from approximately 2,300 sheep raised organically during 2001;
- the most productive organic wool growing area (by weight of wool) was New Mexico, reporting 12,000 pounds (5,456 kilos) of certified organic wool;
- California was second, with 9,500 pounds (4,318 kilos). Other US states and Canadian provinces reporting organic wool production included Oregon, New Jersey, Alberta, Maine, Ohio, Michigan, Vermont, Ontario, Montana and Massachusetts;
- because some producers do not measure wool production, actual organic wool poundage may be higher. According to survey results, organic meat sales represent 84% of producers’ sheep-related income, with organic wool sales representing only 16%.
* Organic Trade Association.