30 Sep '17, 1pm

Missed #NationalCoffeeDay, but let's not forget the human cost of coffee

Farmworkers commonly face unsafe working conditions in coffee fields. For example, not having the right protection equipment for work is very common, especially outside of Brazil. Having to bring your own rain boots, improvised ponchos (using plastic bags), and even your own machetes is very common. In coffee fields where you can find snakes, spiders or fire ants in many places, not having the right equipment can be a tremendous hazard for workers. In addition, not having the adequate training and protection when applying pesticides is a major challenge for farmworkers. I visited a coffee farm in Brazil where workers had been properly trained in pesticide application and had all the right equipment. A few of these workers told me that applying pesticides was the worst part of the job. Even when you have the right training and equipment, pesticide application involves signi...

Full article: https://dailycoffeenews.com/2013/07/17/farmworkers-left-b...

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