Preventing deforestation in coffee production
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Deforestation occurs on a large scale causing environmental damage such as soil erosion, greenhouse effect, etc. Many people believe that one of the main causes of deforestation is production. coffee. Is this really true? What is the solution to deforestation in coffee production? Let’s find out with 43 Factory Coffee Roaster!
The reality of deforestation
Deforestation refers to the removal of trees from forested areas for agricultural, industrial, or commercial purposes. According to estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, up to 420 million hectares of forests have been cleared since 1990. Moreover, with each passing year, the average forest area decreases by about 13 million hectares. In regions such as Africa, and South America are the regions where deforestation is taking place the most. Many areas of forest were cut down and flattened, causing landslides and soil erosion in many places, and many rare insects, animals and plants were almost extinct due to the lack of suitable habitat. In addition, trees are cut down on a large scale, causing loss of cover and natural “carbon sinks”, making climate change even more serious.
Is coffee production the main cause of deforestation?
Many argue that the main cause of deforestation is coffee production. They found that most of the coffee-growing areas are in the tropics along the Coffee Belt, where there are frequent tree removals to make way for coffee trees. However, there is currently no data on exactly where, when and how deforestation occurs. In addition, deforestation is not only to grow coffee, it can also serve to expand industrial zones, and exploit or build and renovate urban areas. Its severity also depends on the area, the age of the tree being cut and the properties of the tree (protected area, natural forest, public land…). Therefore, it is difficult to attribute deforestation to coffee farms. Instead, many reports indicate that the cause behind deforestation is population growth. The land is crowded with people, so a lot of forest land has to be cut down, planned into living space, built, and cultivated for life. Coffee production is just one of the consequences of population explosion and demand.
However, it should be noted that the removal of trees to grow coffee without additional and reclamation activities will still lead to serious consequences for the ecosystem. In addition, some coffee farms do not cut down trees for land to grow coffee, but they collect wood and firewood for other production activities. Depending on the extent of the damage caused, one can trace back to coffee plantations as the source of deforestation.
How to prevent deforestation in coffee production?
Although not the only cause of deforestation, coffee production still accounts for a high proportion of this problem. Stakeholders, especially large-scale coffee farmers and industry experts, need to pay attention and take initiatives to tackle deforestation in coffee production.
One of the optimal solutions is to promote producer awareness by paying higher prices for sustainable coffee products, according to Jay Kling, Irving Farm New York‘s Coffee Director. forest protection standards. When coffee production brings a lot of profit, farmers will actively apply regenerative agricultural measures, develop forests sustainably, and reduce deforestation.
In addition, community organizations, businesses or government agencies can work closely with farmers to improve deforestation. Because in many cases, many deforestation farms have needs and they do not fully understand the rules that can be implemented on the land they are cultivating. If it can be communicated to farmers to understand the regulations and activities that may or may not be implemented, deforestation can be improved. For example, Ilya Byzov, Quantitative Trader at Sucafina, says his team has worked with farmers to determine why they are deforesting their land. He then actively suggests other options or programs that can address their needs instead of deforestation.
In addition, to planting coffee under agroforestry, reforestation is also an optimal measure for deforestation in coffee production. Farmers can both grow coffee and replant the forest with native trees. The system of trees covering or interspersed in coffee plantations will help the coffee industry to be more sustainable.
The above measures are not simple and easy. Like connecting and transmitting knowledge related to deforestation to farmers is not something that can be done overnight. It takes a long process and the whole community comes together. Let’s support sustainable coffee products like XLIII Coffee – The precursor brand of 43 Factory Coffee Roaster to move towards a greener future!
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