28 Apr '15, 2pm

Rainforest Alliance Coffee Certification May Soon Not Actually Require Shade Cover

) states that the specific tree cover parameters of previous versions of the standard were replaced because they had proven “impracticable for many producers.” Rainforest Alliance certified its first coffee farm in 1995, and now certifies over 5% of global coffee production , in addition to dozens of other crops and products. This scaling up of certification efforts is admirable, but is coming at the cost of maintaining rigorous environmental standards. Instead of fewer producers achieving high standards, it appears the bar is perhaps being lowered to make it easier for more producers to become certified.

Full article: http://dailycoffeenews.com/2015/04/28/rainforest-alliance...

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