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Reforesting Peru

Coffee Plant uses a lot of organic Fairtrade Peru coffee. As well as supporting Fairtade in general we also support TReeS, a gress roots group supporting the reforestation of an ex-ranch (30 hectares) in Madre de Dios, south-east Peru, by APRONIA  a local organisation for homeless children. Madre de Dios is known as the ‘biological capital’ of the world…

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Antibiotic Awareness Week

It’s Antibiotic Awareness Week! You don’t expect to see items about farm animals on the Coffee Plant blog, but as members of the Soil Association we see organic production as essential to saving the planet. Farm animals consume one third of all antibiotics used in the UK – that’s a staggering statistic! And the more antibiotics are used in…

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Origins you haven’t heard of: Venezuela

Venezuelan Coffee can be some of the best on the planet but we rarely see it, perhaps the result of the illegal US embargo of the country. Here is an informative report from a charity that sets out to help Venezuelan farmers. Despite the fact that the country is known world-wide for having the largest crude oil reservoirs, coffee…

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Which? magazine: Coffee Plants’ electricity supplier is greenest

Many companies offering renewable electricity are scamming you. But not Good Energy who supply Coffee Plant. In fact Which?, long established as the UK’s top product testing magazine, rates Good Energy as the top green electricity supplier. Here’s what they say… Renewable electricity tariffs are growing in popularity, and no wonder as we all strive to cut our carbon…

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Is your chocolate exploiting farmers?

It’s not just coffee. Coffee Plant sells lots of Fairtrade certified cocoa and chocolate too. Its pretty bad out there for most farmers outside the Fairtrade system. The Fairtade Foundation writes: Many of the cocoa farmers in Western Africa working on the current cocoa harvest earn less than US$1 dollar a day. Fairtrade has already taken significant measures to…

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The future of coffee plants

There are growing concerns regarding the future of coffee plants. Of the 124 wild coffee species worldwide, UK researchers have declared at least 60% of them in danger of dying out. An assessment was produced for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which publishes the global Red List of threatened species and was discovered that the wild relative…

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Cotton on to the benefits of organic

Its not just coffee farmers who benefit from Organic and Fairtrade. Did you know it takes 2,700 litres of water to grow the cotton for a single t-shirt? You heard right….for just one! Growing organic cotton uses less water than conventionally grown cotton. With water shortage identified as one of the top ten global risks to society over the…

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Fairtrade 25th Anniversary

The beginning the FAIRTRADE Mark was first used on a chocolate bar in 1994 (Green & Black’s Maya Gold) which makes it 25 years of products with the Fairtrade label. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By making sure companies pay decent prices, Fairtrade…

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Fairtrade Annual Report

The recent video by Fairtrade Germany shows the impact of the current coffee crisis and the critical need for businesses and shoppers to buy on Fairtrade terms. Coffee has never been cheaper in real terms on the open market. Coffee plant suppliers from Peru tell us farmers are abandoning coffee crops for cocoa. On the positive side UK shoppers…

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Climate Change Protests

The centre of Brighton was full of marchers last Friday calling for climate change action, pics are by Ian Henshall Cofee Plant owner who lives down there. He estimates the turnout at up to 20,000, massive for Brighton. One of the main reasons Coffee Plant sell organic Fairtrade whenever we can is out of respect for the planet. Protests…

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