Category: environmental sustainability

How Climate Change May Already Be Affecting Brazil’s 2021 Crop

Every year around mid-September, with about 90% of the Brazilian coffee harvest completed, traders, roasters, speculators and financial actors all over the world start to think about projections for...

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California Coffee Grower Frinj Partners with Two Agriculture Nonprofits

California-based coffee breeding and production company Frinj Coffee is engaging in two  land use partnerships that should shed light on coffee’s potential as a regenerative agriculture crop. The Santa...

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Rainforest Alliance Unveils Sweeping New Certification Program

Just over three years after leading agricultural certification agencies Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge under the Rainforest Alliance name, the group today unveiled its sweeping new...

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A Chat with Janina Grabs on the New Book ‘Selling Sustainability Short’

Can private certification standards truly bring about more sustainable production practices? This is the question at the center of Dr. Janina Grabs‘ forthcoming book, Selling Sustainability Short? The Private Governance...

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Australia’s Ona Coffee Converts Headquarters to 100% Solar Power

Though the skies over Canberra, Australia, have lately been hazy with smoke from the country’s catastrophic brushfires, Ona Coffee has been converting what light remains into energy. The coffee...

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As Prices Sagged, the Business of Coffee Sustainability Surged in 2019

As commodity coffee prices sagged at historic lows throughout much of 2019, many of the world’s largest coffee buyers held their tongues as tightly as they pulled their purse...

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A Blizzard of “Sustainability” Labels

Earth-friendly certifications and standards abound for products like coffee, chocolate and palm oil. But do the programs work? A frog the size of a fingernail. A poncho-clad farmer leading...

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Ethiopia and the European Union Launch $16.5 Million Coffee Project

The Ethiopian government and the European Union have officially embarked on a €15 million (approximately $16.5 million USD), five-year program designed to boost the Ethiopian coffee sector. The program,...

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