Coffee is often associated with exotic places. Names of roasts, varieties and locations listed on the bags of coffee beans all bring to mind tropical paradises or quaint villages where coffee is roasted in tiny batches. Shade grown coffee produced by fairly paid workers can indeed contribute to a paradise on Earth.
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Lemurs live high in trees above coffee plantations in some regions of Madagascar. Smithsonian Magazine reported that shade grown coffee can also support bird and other wildlife diversity. Certifications like Fairtrade also aim to guarantee that coffee plantation workers are paid and treated justly.
With the mere presence of labels like Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certifications, it makes you wonder, what is the alternative to just and environmentally friendly coffee growing?
The organization says that sustainable farming is key to stopping not just deforestation but cycles of poverty and climate change. What do farms look like that fall short of the lofty goals of organizations like Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance? What are the worst coffee farms like?
What do you mean by virtual slave?
The answer first came last year when Mongabay reported on coffee growers on a plantations certified by Starbucks were found to be working in almost slave-like conditions. No records of hours were kept for 11 hour days worked 6 days a week. The workers collective housing had dangerously poor sanitation and no running water. Instead water for cooking, cleaning and drinking was taken from open containers with no lids where dead animals were sometimes found.
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