Do you enjoy a morning cup of coffee ? Over two billion cups of coffee are consumed daily around the world. However, there is a crisis happening in the global coffee market.
The organic coffee I enjoy , is , according to the company, grown in Peru. The small green and blue label on the left hand side of the box tells me that it is supported by Fair Trade, which ensures that coffee farmers are paid a fair wage for their coffee beans.
Because there is currently an oversupply of coffee on the global market, many farmers , who are not a part of Fair Trade agreements, are unable to make a profit from their crops. In Peru, for example, coffee farmers are abandoning their farms in order to work on illegal coca plantations. Coca is the main ingredient in cocaine. Fair Trade agreements allow coffee growers to form collectives. There is strength in numbers.
Coffee farmers from Honduras have joined the stream of migrants coming to the American border.
We can all do our small part to fight global poverty. There is promise that Fair Trade can indeed help coffee growers, most of whom live in poverty.
It is interesting to discover how and where the coffee we enjoy is grown. God sees. God knows. God cares.