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Coffee is the heaviest chemically treated food commodity in the world.

The most common chemical used in coffee production is synthetic, petroleum-based fertilizers, which slowly destroy the soil's fertility and seep into local water supplies.

Coffee trees do not naturally grow in direct sunlight, but under the shade of dense forest. To increase productivity, the coffee industry has developed sun-resistant coffee tree hybrids that now account for approximately 70% of the world's coffee production. As a result forest is being cleared at alarming rates to make room for new, sun resistant coffee trees.  This significantly reduces the fertility of the land, harms biodiversity, causes devastating erosion and pollutes local waterways.

It is well documented that the reemergence of shade-grown, organically produced coffee in the Jarabacoa region has significantly improved the health of the national Madre de Aguas watershed system.  The Madre de Aguas is the most important water supply system in the Dominican Republic.

In addition to the environmental benefits, shade-grown and organically farmed coffee leads to much better tasting beans.  Shade grown coffee tastes better because it takes longer to ripen, which contributes to more complex flavors.  Organic farming practices allow the coffee to draw the natural nutrients from the soil and prevent them from absorbing harmful chemicals, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

 

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