Archive for May, 2013


Sustainable Coffee Production

Does sustainable coffee production mean that the coffee produced is healthy organic coffee? Organic coffee certification tells the consumer that their coffee was grown, harvested, processed, stored, and roasted in accordance with rules of the United States Department of Agriculture. But, does coffee need USDA certification to be organic coffee? The answer is obviously no. [...]

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The Pesticide Issue

Conventional farming uses a lot of toxic pesticides every year. It’s not just farmers, either. Toxic pesticides are used by groundskeepers for all of our nation’s city and municipal parks, and just the average city-dwelling home owner contributes to the problem by using pesticides on his lawn. There’s a LOT of toxic pesticides out there. [...]

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Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee

An alternative to organic coffee certification is for a grower to be Rainforest Alliance certified. The Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization that works to conserve biodiversity. It does so for agricultural products by influencing consumers to buy what is good for the environment and good for small farmers. Rainforest Alliance certified means that the [...]

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The Legal Definition of Organic Food

In order to be “certified organic,” products must be grown and manufactured in a way that abides by the standards set by the country they are sold in and those “standards” do vary from country to country. When you see a label that says “certified organic,” that means that the way in which the food [...]

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UTZ Certified Coffee

Individuals looking for organic coffee may run across the UTZ Certified label. This label says that the bag of coffee you are buying came from a coffee farm that employed sustainable agricultural practices, good environmental practices and efficient farm management. A key feature of the UTZ Certified label is that UTZ Certified coffee is traced [...]

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The Cost of Organic Food

It’s an accepted fact that organic food costs more than food raised using conventional farming techniques. I’m not sure, however, that this additional cost is actually warranted. That doesn’t mean, though, that we won’t continue to pay more for food that is “certified organic.” We will. The reason given for the higher price of organic [...]

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Cold Weather Threat Raises Coffee Prices

Expect to see the price of your cup of coffee raise dramatically if it freezes in Brazil where a third of the world’s coffee is produced. As cold weather raises coffee prices, North Americans may be surprised at the thought of a South American nation having genuine cold spells. But remember that if you go [...]

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The Bright Future for Organic Food

It’s been a long time coming, but this year more organic food will be produced than any year to date! It isn’t difficult to see why we are beginning to win this war. It all comes down to money – the almighty dollar. It’s simply becoming more profitable to farm and ranch using organic methods [...]

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