Coffee Industry’s Ethics Leave a Bitter Taste in Consumers’ Mouths

Drinking coffee may have a benefit, besides the usual “pick me up” that many rely on to get their day started. But many who partake in the beverage have no idea of the impact that their caffeine habit has on coffee farmers across the globe.

A new study published this week in the the New England Journal of Medicine has found that drinking coffee may lead to a longer life. But for those who grow coffee in countries across Latin America and Africa, poverty, human rights abuses and low life expectancy rates are commonplace.

To combat this situation, the fair trade coffee campaign has been gaining traction with consumers across the globe hoping to ameliorate the living conditions of some of the world’s most impoverished people through their own choices about consumption.

Click here to read this powerful article by Carissa Wyant of  MintPress: Coffee Industry’s Ethics Leave a Bitter Taste in Consumers’ Mouths

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