What is organic coffee vs regular coffee?

This post is for coffee enthusiasts who want to learn more about the coffee industry.

First things first: What is organic coffee?

Defining Organic Coffee

An organic product is produced without the use of harmful chemicals that are harmful to the health of the consumer, the plant/animal, and the environment.
Many certifications worldwide are responsible for verifying that these processes carried out on farms are as stated and comply with specific local and national standards and regulations.

 

Organic products are Plant, animal, or derivative products produced with natural substances and without using pesticides or artificial fertilizers, among other chemicals. Organic production is based on the principles of ecology, health, equity, and precaution.


Brief History of Organic Coffee Production

Organic agriculture originated in England in the 1940s, when signs of using fertilizers and other chemical substances added to the production process already manifested in health.

In the 1960s, due to the increased demand from foreign companies, the production of organic products began in Mexico. These products were grown in areas with traditional cultivation practices and regions where chemical substances were not used, typically inhabited by indigenous communities.

The states of Chiapas and Oaxaca were the first to begin this new type of production, and it has since spread throughout the country.

 

 

This market has gained momentum, especially in Europe and the United States, due to the higher incidence of complex diseases such as cancer associated with the quality of foods and the large amount of additives used when industrializing them.

Market Overview

Mexico is the fourth largest producer of organic foods in the world. Approximately one million hectares are allocated exclusively for planting agricultural products.

According to information from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Food (SAGARPA), Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacán, Chihuahua, and Nuevo León are the top five states in terms of area dedicated to agricultural activities. The first three states combined account for 50% of the total land used.

What are the benefits of Organic Coffee?

Studies have found a possible association between coffee and decreased mortality. Coffee may offer some protection against:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Liver disease, including liver cancer
  • Heart attack and stroke

Environmental Benefits of Organic Coffee Farming

Organic coffee farming involves growing coffee plants without using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. This form of agriculture fosters environmentally friendly, sustainable agricultural methods. By avoiding hazardous chemicals, organic coffee farmers contribute to maintaining ecosystem health and biodiversity.

Social Benefits for Coffee Farmers and Communities

Organic coffee commands higher pricing on the market due to its perceived quality and sustainable production. This premium price dramatically impacts their lives by bringing enormous revenues and financial security to coffee growers. In addition, the money can be used to improve the farmers’ methods and promote their general well-being by funding their education, healthcare, and other investments.

 


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