28 May '16, 10pm

Rainforest Alliance on the Forefront of Compensating Farmers for Sustainable Land Use

Rainforest Alliance on the Forefront of Compensating Farmers for Sustainable Land Use

BY RACHEL NORTHROP SPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE There’s an idea percolating among global leaders in sustainability: pay landholders who do the right thing. If so much of the world’s current habits of deforestation and contamination causing land degradation and ecosystem destruction are driven by—and often justified by—profit, then sustainable and restorative land management needs to become as monetarily attractive. Nigel Sizer was named Rainforest Alliance President in January of this year, and is directing the nonprofit back to its roots: forests and partnerships. “Alliance is in our name. We have to work together to build stronger forests,” Nigel commented in his opening remarks at the annual Leadership Summit in New York in May. He argued that, “deforestation for agriculture doesn’t have a long-term goal of generating more food. Reforestation does. An emerging sense of c...

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