28 Dec '16, 2am

#Coffee #FairTrade Ben Nicholson - Still Life 1936

In the region where I did research for Brewing Justice—Zapotec indigenous communities in the Sierra Juárez of Oaxaca, Mexico—indigenous producers are cultivating highly biodiverse, passive organic “coffee gardens.” For members of independent cooperatives participating in the Fair Trade market, most of these parcels are also certified organic, involving practices that deter soil erosion, trap organic matter, and increase both biodiversity and yields. In Mexico as a whole, studies have found that since 1989, when the International Coffee Agreement collapsed, prices crashed, and the government coffee board, the Instituto Mexicano del Café (INMECAFE), disappeared, peasants and indigenous coffee producers have been gradually shifting from a simplified shade system to increasingly biodiverse parcels.

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