WE NEED CHANGE TO ADDRESS THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY
As Colonel Korn notes in Catch-22: “To act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That’s a trick that never seems to fail.” Green coffee buying practices are harming the environment on a huge scale.
THERE REALLY IS ONLY ONE CLIMATE FRIENDLY COFFEE SUPPLY CHAIN
According to Business Insider, coffee is the second most sought-after commodity in the entire world, with an industry that is worth over $100 billion across the globe. We cannot afford to ignore an industry of this size when it continues to damage the environment on such a colossal scale in the midst of a climate emergency
DESPITE CLAIMS TO THE CONTRARY THE GLOBAL COFFEE SECTOR IS FAR FROM CLIMATE FRIENDLY
When coffee is roasted at source it is up to 20% lighter in weight - despite this almost all coffee is currently shipped in the far heavier green unprocessed state, all in the pursuit of ever increasing profits.
The profit generation point in the coffee supply chain only occurs at the roasting stage - widespread poverty and child labour are endemic across the global coffee belt, as farmers are routinely removed from the supply line immediately before this point.
Millions of tonnes of green unprocessed (heavy) coffee recross the same oceans year after year - at any given time many millions of tonnes of coffee are advertised as ready for re-export. Cargo ships recrossing oceans in order to maximise profits for coffee suppliers.
After roasting in consumer countries coffees are sent out on millions of further unnecessary road journeys - consumers are misinformed by labelling claiming the climate friendly credentials of these eco damaging coffees.
These practices are overlooked, as suppliers feed back a small fraction of the billions of dollars lost to producer countries, in order to claim ethical business practices and promote their coffees as sustainable.
We cannot continue to stand by and watch as vital coffee roasting income, and virtually all of the revenue generated thereafter, is stripped away from those with the most to lose in the midst of a climate emergency.