27 Apr '15, 8am

Will coffee be the first 100% sustainably sourced commodity?

Will coffee be the first 100% sustainably sourced commodity?

This article was originally published on Conservation International’s blog Human Nature . Recently at Starbucks’ annual meeting of shareholders in Seattle, the company announced a major milestone: This year, 99 percent of beans bought by the world’s largest specialty coffee company will meet ethical and sustainable sourcing guidelines. This achievement marks a remarkable and determined 15-year journey. It also demonstrates what great partnerships are able to achieve: the transformation of the most valued tropical agricultural commodity, coffee, from a force of ecological and social destabilization to a powerful engine of farmer equity and sustainability . In the mid-1990s, scientists at CI’s Center for Applied Biodiversity Science (now the Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans ) recognized that the expanding footprint of agricultural commodities was at the h...

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