Why Do We Need Coffee to Be a Sustainable Crop?
According to the group Conservation International, your morning cup of coffee is at risk. The answer that they’ve come up with has everything to do with making sure that every cup of coffee that gets poured emanates from a sustainably grown coffee farm. CI’s goal is to “make coffee the world’s first fully sustainable agricultural product,” and they’ve laid out the challenge to all coffee drinkers in very specific terms. With producers and retailers already on board, the Sustainable Coffee Challenge website has already been launched.
When broken down to raw numbers, the facts around coffee’s impact are staggering. According to Conservation International, “the coffee we drink depends on the health, prosperity and well-being of 25 million coffee producers, 10 million hectares of coffee farms, and the continued ability of nature to sustain them.” All of which makes for a pretty convincing argument when it comes to creating a universally sustainable crop out of international coffee production. Continue reading