Organic coffee beans are a healthier and more natural alternative to regular coffee beans. Coffee is a $70 billion dollar industry worldwide making it the second most value commodity in the world behind crude oil. This sheer size of the industry's trade and ecological footprint means that coffee plantations have a huge environmental impact on the world. By only choosing organic coffee beans, you can play your part in reducing our impact on the natural environment.
As more and more consumers demand organic coffee products, large coffee companies like Starbucks are being forced to purchase their products from more environmentally conscious suppliers. This is having an impact in the subtropical regions of the world where coffee is grown. In large coffee growing countries like Brazil, Costa Rica and Columbia, the movement toward organic and environmentally-friendly growing practices has decreased soil erosion, pollution of waterways and even cut down on the amount of rainforest that is cleared to make way for coffee plantations.
Currently, non-organic coffee plantations are the largest agricultural users of fertilizers and pesticides. By only buying organic coffee beans, not only are you protecting your own health but you are also ensuring that the coffee you consume is only grown by the highest environmental standards.
Coffee is often cited in health and fitness publications for its health benefits, such as the high level of antioxidants and how it has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, Parkinson's disease and dementia. But to truly realize the full potential of its health benefits, it is important that you are drinking only organic coffee beans. The reason is that many non-organic coffee products are polluted with pesticides that are carcinogens and are toxic to your body. This prevents many of the beneficial elements of coffee from being effectively absorbed by your body.
Certified Organic Label
The presence of a "Certified Organic Label" gives you the assurance that the coffee is 100% free of synthetic chemicals and pesticides. In order to achieve certification, coffee growers have to meet stringent standards to ensure their farming practices are environmentally sound and do not contain any genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
However, many coffee marketers have adopted the term organic because it increases their sales. This makes it important that you are vigilante and only support the coffee brands that hold their suppliers to the highest organic standards. The only way you can be sure that the coffee is organic is if the packaging contains a certified organic coffee label. The most common organic coffee certifications are:
- Global Organic Textile Standards
- USDA National Organic Program
- European Organic Regulations
- Organic Crop Improvement Association
If you aren't sure if a brand is certified organic, you can find a list of organic coffee suppliers and retailers at the Organic Trade Association's website.
In the future when you're in the supermarket or the local coffee shop looking for a cup of your favorite brew, look for one of these certified organic brands and then you can be assured you're drinking the best coffee.
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