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5 Ways Sustainable Coffee Can Make The World A Better Place

Environmental sustainability is probably the most pressing issue facing the world today. Agriculture drives 80 percent of tropical deforestation and coffee farming requires huge amounts of resources. In addition, consumers drink more than 2.25 billion cups of coffee per day which makes coffee one of the most traded products globally. With an increasing demand for coffee, more and more retailers and consumers are demanding traceable information on coffee origins – they want to know if their coffee is grown sustainably. In this article we are going to look at ways sustainable coffee could benefit the world and make the supply chain more resilient.

1. Planting more trees can help

Coffee is one of the major agricultural export commodities of many Latin American, African, and Southeast Asian countries – it is estimated that around 80 percent of the coffee sold worldwide is grown on farms smaller than 2 hectares. Yet the sector is facing huge challenges as the current farming methods and processing infrastructure have been unsustainable resulting in many catastrophic impacts on the environment. Sadly, 60 percent of all coffee species could disappear in a few decades due to worsening climate conditions, deforestation and the spread of various pathogens and pesticides.

Like with many environmental issues, better respect for trees could provide the answer to saving coffee. Planting trees not only offsets harmful carbon emission but also helps restore and preserve coffee ecosystems. Trees enrich the soil and prevent degradation. Furthermore, taller trees help protect coffee plants from unpredictable weather patterns, such as drought or heavy rains, thus the coffee quality remains unchanged.