If the link doesn't work, go to www.news.bbc.co.uk & the article should be on the front page or look in the science & nature section ( I think )
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I heard Oxfam being interviewed on NPR some time ago and found it very interesting.
1) The plight of the coffee farmer (they are literally starving to death) really gives you pause when ordering that Starbucks..............
2) The fact that G Bush the elder de-regulated coffee (to aid the producers don't ya know! Another trickle-down example gone bad) and, in addition to a glut, we now get sticks, leaves and other assorted goodies in our daily grind. Before de-reg it had to be 95% pure coffee. I don't think GB the elder was a coffee drinker...............
Read all about it at:
What's That in Your Coffee?
I saw a heartbreaking story on BBC news about how the coffee farmers and their families in Central America are all starving because of low coffee prices. In the story, viewers were encouraged to buy fair trade coffee. Think we'll ever see a similar story on American network news?:
Also, some coffee roasters will link up with particular farms in a partnership that works to everyone's advantage - the company gets a single source varietal and guarantees about how the coffee is grown (pesticides, herbicides, habitat issues, labor conditions, etc), the farmers get money up front, a premium per pound and a guarantee that their crop will be purchased. The company I used to work for does this whenever possible, and it's really cool.