- Food First: Institute for Food and Developmental Policy —
So, hard-strapped campesino coffee coops that have spent nearly two decades making the organic certification system work, are now to be the sacrificial lambs for the industrial organic industry. By sabotaging smallholder certification, the USDA risks destroying organicÃ¢â‚¬â€?and FairtradeÃ¢â‚¬â€?coffee markets in the U.S.
- Just Coffee —
Growers have been loud and clear about the costs of organic certification. Their message is that even with only 20% of farmers being inspected, it is debatable whether many can recover their costs for added labor and certification expenses. Multiply those costs by another 80% and you have effectively made certification unaffordable for the vast number of small growers.