Did you know that over 90% of all whole bean, ground and instant coffee sold in the UK and elsewhere is contaminated with harmful chemicals? In fact, commercially grown coffee along with cotton and tobacco are among the most heavily sprayed crops on Earth! Rainforests and other natural habitats where coffee plants have traditionally been cultivated by generations of small family owned farms are being decimated by 'Big Food' coffee producers - Nestlé being one of the main culprits. The deliberate destruction of lush and fertile areas of rainforest create acres of barren waste-land, often devoid of important minerals and microbial activity, elements that enable coffee plants to resist pest attack.
After water, coffee is the World's most popular beverage and even in the UK, coffee has overtaken tea as the Nations favourite! The video documentaries featured on this page are designed to help consumers learn about the numerous benefits obtained from supporting coffee growers and producers who practice diverse and sustainable farming methods.
The following overview explains the main differences between 'Open Sun' and 'Shade Grown' coffee.
Why should you buy Organic coffee? ... what you are paying for is peace of mind that you’re doing right not only by Mother Earth, but also by the farmers and farm labourers who might otherwise be breathing in clouds of chemicals, drinking tainted waste water, eroding the quality of their soil, and contributing to an unsustainable way of life, simply to earn a living for themselves and their families.
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Subtitles are available in English.