One of my most recent “switches” was when I started to buy only organic coffee a few months ago. I don’t really have a reason for not buying organic coffee sooner, except that (while I was worried about my to-go cup) I really hadn’t given the content of the cup much thought… no, not a good excuse, but an honest one…
There are a multitude of reasons I’m happy that I finally made this change… and they’re big reasons, so consider these facts:
- Organic coffee is grown without herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic growth chemicals, therefore these chemicals will NOT be part of your morning java. Avoiding these chemicals is also much safer for farmers and workers, and will prevent contamination of the soil, water sources and surrounding environment.
- Organic coffee prohibits the use of sewage sludge as a fertilizer. Yes, you heard that right… sewage sludge. Every disgusting thing you can imagine that ends up in sewage can end up in the sludge that is added to coffee crops for fertilizer.
- Organic coffee cannot contain genetically modified organisms or use ionizing radiation (both common in non-organic coffee production!).
- Organic coffee can be shade grown, so large areas of trees do not need to be cleared for this crop, and wildlife and their habitat will also be spared.
If you think it might be easier to just give-up coffee (no, never!), remember that there are also health benefits of coffee… it actually contains powerful antioxidants and is believed to help protect a body against diabetes, liver disease, gallstones, and even the onset of dementia and/or Alzheimer’s…
I know there are times when we all think we might go a little crazy without our coffee(!), but the important thing is: you want the benefit without the harmful “extras” and practices.
Organic coffee is the healthier, greener way to serve up a much better cup of joe.