Certification Process, Price Lead Farmers to Abandon Organic Coffee
March 8, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ Almost 75% of the world’s organic coffee comes from Latin America, but farmers there are beginning to abandon the organic coffee trade, according to the Christian Science Monitor.
Organic coffee farming is much more environmentally friendly (and human-friendly) because of the lack of pesticides used in production, but both the price and the certification process of organic coffee has turned buyers off of the product.
Beans of organically grown coffee are 25% more expensive than traditionally grown coffee, and it currently takes up to three years for beans to be certified as organic. This means a farmer needs to absorb the production cost while waiting to be able to sell the product as “organic” in a market where buyers are abandoning organic coffee.
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