The countries are different. The specific challenges vary. But the key message we’re getting from small farmers across the globe is consistent: climate change is already severely threatening coffee production.
How do you address a problem that is a global concern but that is wreaking havoc in different ways in different communities?
Small farmer co-ops in Mexico are leaders creating models of sustainable farming. This winter they also became leaders in organizing others to take united action against climate change. They hosted a conference to discuss these complex issues and to build the forces for good (good coffee and good stewardship). Their creativity and commitment are a formidable counterweight to climate change in their region.
Our coffee sourcing specialist, Todd, and our brewing equipment guru (and great photographer), Joe, were invited to attend the conference and to hike into the remote biosphere preserve El Triunfo. This park is so important – and so fragile – that only 6 groups of visitors are permitted entry per year.
For more stories and stunning photos from the Triunfo Biosphere, check back tomorrow or visit Equal Exchange’s web site.
Small Farmers Greening the Planet – Part I
February 21, 2012 by Phyllis Robinson