The Environmental Standards.
“Fairtrade isn’t just about helping farmers in poor countries; by helping to protect forests, fields and rivers it helps us all to respond to climate change. We have had to change the way we grow and process coffee to meet Fairtrade standards, and have learnt about more sustainable production methods this way.”
Gerardo Camacho, Fairtrade coffee farmer, Costa Rica
Over 55% of small Fairtrade farms are already organic and many more farmers are working towards organic production.
Investment in alternative technologies
“We’ve used the Fairtrade premium to buy environmentally friendly ovens to dry our coffee. These are powered by coffee skins and macadamia nut shells, which mean we no longer need to cut up to 50 acres of forest every year.”
Gerardo Camacho, coffee co-operative, Costa Rica
Intercropping and Protection of Rainforests