Some of us feel a sense of guilt when we drink coffee. Perhaps you have read that we consume about 500 Billion (yes, with a B) cups of coffee every day; that Millions of acres of land are used for coffee production. And maybe you heard or read somewhere about how most coffee plantations use clear-cut deforestation methods to clear rainforest; that coffee production is responsible for significant deforestation of the South American rainforests. And there are those nasty rumors about coffee causing cancer and generally being unhealthy for you. Well, there is good news: you don’t need to feel guilty about drinking your delicious brew! First, that last point is simply false: recent well-conducted medical studies of large populations prove that coffee is healthy for you! More on those details in another post. But first, let’s address the issue of coffee and our environment. The bottom line: coffee produced using organic farming practices is good for you, and good for our environment. Here are the details …
Many producers are turning to certified organic farming as a potential way to lower costs and achieve sustainable agricultural practices. Organic practices decrease reliance on non-renewable resources, and optimize sustainability. Per the USDA, organic farming is based on exclusion of all synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones in crop and livestock production. Instead, they rely on ecologically-based practices such as biological pest management. Organic farmers find that their soil retains more nutrients and biodiversity, and that organic farming produces foods with higher density of nutrition than produce grown with chemical pesticides.
The USDA Organic seal certifies that the farm and handling facility located anywhere in the world complies with the USDA organic regulations.
Why buy organic?
Well, for one thing, organic means that your cup of coffee, or cup of tea, won’t have a chemical or metallic after-taste.
For another, you minimize your consumption of pesticides and herbicides that have been clearly linked to a litany of acute and chronic diseases: cancers, lung diseases, immunological disorders, neuro-developmental disorders, etc.
Quite simply, consuming organic produces, teas, and coffee, is just healthier for you, and for our environment. Win/win.
And finally, there is mounting evidence that the nutrient value of produce that is grown without chemical pesticides and herbicides is higher. In other words, organic food has a higher concentration of nutrients! Things like antioxidants and anti-inflammatory flavonoids.
According to their website, the Rainforest Alliance “works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods by promoting and evaluating the implementation of the most globally respected sustainability standards … These standards are designed to generate ecological, social, and economic benefits.” Organic farming practices meet those standards.
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods by promoting and evaluating the implementation of the most globally respected sustainability standards … These standards are designed to generate ecological, social, and economic benefits.
That little green frog, the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, assures consumers that products come from farms that are managed to the rigorous standards of the Sustainable Agriculture Network, where workers and their families enjoy dignified, safe conditions, and where wildlife and habitats are protected.
Their comprehensive farm management standards and tracking system help ensure that certified ingredients and products bearing that little green frog seal can be traced back to well-managed farms and farm groups that protect workers, wildlife, and communities.
What is Fair Trade?
According to Fair Trade USA (.org), products that are labeled ‘Fair Trade USA’ are “quality products improving lives, protecting the planet …” Here at Sacred Herbals, we like that. It fits with our mission of maximum enjoyment with minimum footprint, treating our planet, and those who provide for us, with dignity.
Fair Trade goods are just that. Fair. From far-away farms to your shopping cart, products that bear our logo come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated. We help farmers in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities. We’re a nonprofit, but we don’t do charity. Instead, we teach disadvantaged communities how to use the free market to their advantage. With Fair Trade USA, the money you spend on day-to-day goods can improve an entire community’s day-to-day lives.”
The Vision Statement for Fair Trade USA is inspiring:
“We seek to empower family farmers and workers around the world, while enriching the lives of those struggling in poverty. Rather than creating dependency on aid, we use a market-based approach that empowers farmers to get a fair price for their harvest, helps workers create safe working conditions, provides a decent living wage and guarantees the right to organize.”
Based on their appraisal of the source for products, you can be assured that your purchase is supporting healthy ecosystems and sustainable agriculture practices.
So, for guilt-free consuming – coffee, tea, and herbals – look for these Sacred Herbals logos when buying! Organic farming practices, preservation of our rainforests, and dignified treatment of our earth and of workers that produce our products, ensure a win/win/win for us, for farm workers, and for our planet.
Whenever and wherever possible, we at Sacred Herbals will offer products for your optimal health that are organic, and follow these earth-friendly principles.
To ensure that your maximum enjoyment leaves a minimal footprint.
Sacred Herbals is a family run business obsessed with bringing you the highest quality teas, coffees, and herbal supplements, supporting a healthy you, and a healthy ecosystem. Wherever you see these Sacred Herbals logos, you can buy knowing that our products support a healthy you, and a healthy planet.
Our Mission is maximum enjoyment with minimum footprint, supporting a healthy you and a healthy ecosystem.
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