Cottonseed is the second most important oilseed produced worldwide. Such a position is unique because cottonseed is a secondary product in the production of cotton fibers. The producer grows cotton plants for the production of the seed fibers, and the product is sold as seed cotton, seeds with the fibers still attached; as lint, ginned fibers, for which the cottonseed is used to defray the cost of ginning; or as lint and cottonseed as separate products. The trend is toward the latter, but all variations still exist throughout the world.