Why switch to organic coffee?… (a “greener cup of java”)

coff beansOne 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.coff cup

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.

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11 thoughts on “Why switch to organic coffee?… (a “greener cup of java”)

  1. Hey Doreen, great post! In fact, I had a similar one in my previous post, talking about the various certification labels that are on some coffees and USDA Organic being one of them! It is so much better to drink organic coffee as you have explained…especially for the farmers and their communities! Buying Fairtrade (which is usually certified organic as well) takes it one step further, because the families and communities benefit greatly in increased income, education in sustainable farming practices, and increased community investment.
    .-= Nate´s last blog ..CoffeeNate #30 :: Top 10 Coffee Pet Peeves =-.

  2. Hi Doreen, (and Nate too)! You are right that USDA Organic is an important certification. What I’ve recently learned is that Bird Friendly® certification is the ‘best’ of all – because it guarantees 100% USDA Organic, 100% shade-grown coffee, on family or co-op farms. It’s the best for people, for the environment, and for wildlife. Some brands of coffee that say “shade-grown” may only have 30% shade-grown beans in them. Bird Friendly® certification is given by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and they’re very stringent! I drink Birds and Beans coffee (www.birdsandbeans.com) – it’s one of the few in the country that’s triple certified – and I’ve learned a lot from their web site and from Cornell.

  3. Hello again…I appreciate that you want to drink sustainable coffee Debbe, but I take issue at your assertion that Bird Friendly is the “best” of all. Every program does good things in it’s own way, but there are some weaknesses in each, and I think the Bird Friendly label has quite a few. These producers are only required to be inspected once every three years for starters, the countries of consumption and origin are very limited, and there isn’t a very measurable social benefit to the family farmers. Here is a chart from the SCAA that details the differences in the major certification programs. http://www.coffeenate.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/SustainableCoffeeCertificationsComparisonMatrix.pdf I really wish all of these certification groups would come together and create a single certification. They are all similar, but it is confusing to the consumer to have so many different labels that it detracts from the overall mission. Don’t you think?

    Here is something else to ponder. GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) are outlawed in North America. This eliminates the mutation of would be ‘organic’ crops through cross-pollination. How do they ensure that there is no cross-pollination occurring in these coffee growing regions? The short answer is they are not. Hmmm
    .-= Nate´s last blog ..CoffeeNate #30 :: Top 10 Coffee Pet Peeves =-.

  4. Hi Nate. Just my opinion! I have confidence in the Bird Friendly® certification because it ensures that the coffee is both 100% organic and 100% shade-grown, which neither organic nor shade-grown labels by themselves can promise. The Smithsonian is picky, which may be why the countries of origin are limited. There are benefits to the farmers. 1. by farming organically, the farmers are not exposed to high levels of pesticides and chemicals 2. by raising shade-grown coffee, the farmers actually get several yields a year, (rather than just one crop like sun-grown) 3. the farms tend to be family or co-op farms, rather than huge corporate-owned, and 3. the preservation of the canopy and other natural vegetation provide other opportunities for income-producing products for the farmers. The focus of Bird Friendly® certification is on protection for people, habitat, and wildlife, which to my mind creates social benefit for all. Fair Trade certification is more strictly geared to the social aspect, I would agree. And I agree that it would be great to have one certification. Question is, who would moderate, authorize, and enact certification? One step would be to heighten the requirements for “shade grown”, so coffee that is only 30% or so shade-grown would not qualify.

  5. More than %90 of Fair Trade Certified coffees are also certified Organic. The FairTrade certification also educates the farmers on how to farm with sustainable practices. I understand your passion for the Bird Friendly label, as you are obviously connected to them professionally, but it is not the ‘best’. A farm can qualify for the label today and will not be reinspected for 3 years, providing the opportunity to use the label while scraping the methods.
    When a coffee farmer works 16 hours per day for $2, I don’t see a social benefit. There is an environmental benefit in using sustainable farming methods for sure, but they are far from exclusive to Bird Friendly.
    Farmers produce more crop using full sun methods and the berries ripen quicker, it requires more pesticides, but does provide more total yield than shade grown.
    .-= Nate´s last blog ..CoffeeNate #30 :: Top 10 Coffee Pet Peeves =-.

  6. Hi Doreen. You are welcome, and thank you for your information above on why it’s important to buy organic, sustainable coffee. The points you made really speak for themselves.

  7. I have made an almost complete switch to organic products. Thanks to the well stocked stores in my neighborhood, I have plenty of choices and I never have to go without a product because I can’t find its organic counterpart. All i can really say about my switch to organic is that I wish I had done it sooner!

  8. After reading this i actually went to the grocery store and bought organic coffee. i don’t drink coffee everyday but i do drink it often and i figured it i was going to drink it i would do it the way that it is safe to my body and the environment.

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