Brew a healthier & more sustainable cup of Joe by choosing organic coffee. Here are 3 reasons why…
Did you know that your morning cup of Joe may be bad for the environment?
It’s true… Coffee is one of the most widely traded commodities in the world, and unfortunately, the industrial farming methods that are used to maximize production can be harmful to both human and environmental health. In fact, according to this article, conventional coffee is one of the most heavily chemically treated crops in the world. Doesn’t make you want to brew up a pot, does it?
The good news is, there are more and more organic coffee sources these days. Choosing organically grown coffee means you are drastically reducing the chemicals used to grow it, therefore reducing coffee’s impact on both your environment and your own health. Many organic brands are also committed to fair-trade practices, which help to improve wages and living conditions for coffee farmers and field workers.
Still on the fence? Here are 3 good reasons to choose organic coffee over conventionally grown:
- Organic coffee is not chemically produced. Organic means it is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, so it is a cleaner product for the consumer, and the air, land, and water are not damaged during production.
- Organic coffee is climate-friendly. Organic farms combat climate change by emitting less carbon than conventional farms while also sequestering significant amounts of carbon. Coffee plants thrive in the shade, meaning these coffee plants end up benefitting the ecosystem. In addition to carbon sequestration, growing organically supports the conservation of wildlife, birds, and vegetation and the prevention of soil erosion and diseases.
- Organic coffee does not increase deforestation. Organically grown coffee is typically grown in the shade of lush forests, providing a home for wild plants and animals, sustaining soil fertility, and keeping unique regional ecosystems alive. Conventional coffee is often grown at the expense of the forest if growers choose to clear the forest to make room for open fields, where they then grow huge amounts of a sun-loving coffee variety.