The title of this article is disturbing. The principles of Organic and Fair Trade are extremely essential to building (restoring) a sustainable society. The bright side is that the accreditations are not mutually unique and actually enhance each other nicely.
In our current market, third party certification is essential to both natural and reasonable trade. As time goes on a search for fair trade coffee is more and more likely to turn up non-certified "reasonable trade" coffee, which is most likely simply a marketing rouse to attract ethical customers. With fair trade Transfair is currently the only accreditation company, so look for the fair trade label.
The principle of growing organic is important to the preservation of our environment. Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides leak into the ground contaminating our groundwater and it likewise runs the fields and into regional water resources. When forest are cleared for the planting of fields much of the topsoil is worn down and transferred in close-by streams to the nearby lake where it transfers the sediment, filling up the lake. Working with the environment to prevent this disintegration, natural coffee farmers maintain the fertility of the land by growing coffee in the shade, where coffee was meant to grow. This shade grown coffee offers the migratory birds with habitat and is therefore called bird friendly. The principle of natural goes beyond protecting the environment and extends to securing the people who operate in the fields. A lot of the chemicals used in farming have actually been shown to trigger cancer as well as many other health issues. These concerns are increased when a person is repeatedly exposed to the sprays, like the farmers. How many lifelong farmers labored to provide our society with food and are now suffering from cancer (my grandfather is one of them)? Some research studies have revealed that natural methods even safeguard those who eat the fruits( even after they are washed), and likewise safeguard locals who consume the water.
When it comes to fair trade coffee accreditation, "reasonable" has an objective meaning through the certification requirements of Transfair. One of the requirements of reasonable trade certification it that a premium is paid for organic coffee, presently a complete 15 cents more per pound than simply routine fair trade. Lots of fair trade farmers have switched to natural techniques and are now actively restoring the rain forest in order to get this premium.
So why ask the concern which is better when you can have both? Well there is plenty of coffee out there labeled as organic but not fair trade. The environment is being destroyed by some farmers out of what is viewed as financial requirement. Organic is terrific, however by itself it is not sustainable, we need to guarantee that the people who grow it are appropriately compensated otherwise they are put in a financial position which provides itself to decisions with unfavorable ecological repercussions. Households that supply us with quality organic products are worthy of monetary security. Fair trade does not take on organic however it does make certain it is fiscally sustainable for the producers, hence ensuring future supply in our existing economy.
This is why the fair trade model works. It ensures the monetary security of the farmers through fair costs, access to non-predatory loans and capital required to market and offer their goods. Then it guarantees them a premium for environmentally friendly practices, which sometimes causes conversion of conventional fields to organic. This design has been working for coffee and has now expanded to tea, chocolate and even some tropical fruits.
The results of fair trade have been remarkable:
* Organic methods are being utilized and taught
* Community infrastructure is being built/rebuilt
* Clear drinking water
* Erosion control
* Small children in school
* Quality items through quality methods
* Adult education
* Secure families
* and sustainability
Next time you buy natural coffee or tea ensure it is also fair trade certified by Transfair. Demand that your local grocer bring fair trade fruits when they are offered.
We at coffee company Moving Beans are an SME that has provided compostable Nespresso-compatible capsules for a long time, with much more info at the website of Moving Beans. Alternatively check out an interesting article on compostable Nespresso-compatible pods. We were the first to provide aluminium-free Nespresso-compatible coffee pods.