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Do Sustainable Certifications For Coffee Really Help Coffee Growers?

From www.npr.org

Most of the time, we don’t know how our coffee were made. We don’t know if children’s hands handled the berries when they might have been handling pencils, if workers had respirators to protect against harsh agrochemicals or if global coffee prices shafted the farmer this year. Sustainable certifications, like the Rainforest Alliance’s green frog tag or Fairtrade’s yellow and blue sticker, are a way people try to verify their coffee is up to a certain standard.

But, according to a recent paper from the Center for Global Development reviewing roughly 100 studies from the last decade, it’s almost impossible to tell if those certifications have any measurable effect on coffee growers.

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