So, what is organic green coffee and will purchasing it make a difference? Will it help me wake up with a smile? Here at AboutGoingGreen.com, we believe that the answer is yes. In this article, we are going to help you understand what to look for when shopping, the origin of organic coffee, what makes it different to non-organic coffee, the benefits to your health and the benefits to the farmers who grow it.
What is Organic?
When you buy organic coffee or food you are buying quality food that is better for your health and the farmers responsible for the production of the produce.
If you look up the definition of organic you will find that it is defined as being related to or derived from living matter. While that definition is true to a certain extent, it can be difficult to understand.
So Let’s take a look at different certification labels and what they represent.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certification
I have seen several foods labeled as ‘organic’. However, I was surprised to discover that this does not mean that they are organic. Strange right?
When shopping for organic produce always look for the USDA label. This can be found on a huge range of products; meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables, dry food, etc.
By purchasing the food with this label, the organic seal, you can guarantee it is a quality organic produce. These foods have an organic certification with the USDA. Companies using the label are responsible for meeting five organic standards.
About the “USDA Organic” or “Certified Organic” seals on food, items must:
- have an ingredient list
- content must be at least 95% “Certified Organic”
According to the USDA “Certified Organic” means free from synthetic additives such as chemical fertilizers, pesticides, dyes and can not be made with the use of industrial solvents, genetic engineering or irradiation.
But what about the other 5%? Don’t worry, these last ingredients must be on their approved list too.
The certification appears to be a thorough process. Once certified, companies will be subject to annual reviews.
For more information about USDA, please visit their website.
What is meant by the term green?
If a product is referred to as being ‘green’, then this means it is “environmentally preferable”.
This term originates from a Presidential Executive Order by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The 13101 order titled ‘Greening the Government Through Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Federal Acquisition’ defines the term as “products or services that reduce the health and environmental impacts compared to similar products and services used for the same purpose.”
What are the Health Benefits of Organic Coffee?
- High in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals;
- Free of pesticides and artificial fertilizers.
People often believe that drinking large amounts of coffee is bad for you. However, these risks are often traced back to pesticide residues and chemicals that occur after consuming inorganic coffee.
When coffee is grown organically, personal health risks drastically reduce. OK, so now I am smiling! This is because artificial additives have been eliminated.
Benefits to your health include:
- Boosting the immune system
- Guarding against disease
- Reducing the risk of harmful chemical ingestion
- Provide a natural energy boost
When I read about these benefits I want to drink more coffee every day. It makes me think – should there be limits to the amount of coffee we drink with regards to our health?
Is too much coffee harmful?
The answer is yes! Consuming too much caffeine, for example 500-600 mgs, can have negative effects on your health such as muscle tremors and restlessness.
Helping the Environment & Agriculture
Organic farming is commonly accepted as being environmentally friendly. This is because it reduces our dependence on synthetic products being added to the soil.
When synthetic materials are added to the soil, they run off into our waterways and cause pollution problems. For example, fish living in such waterways can become diseased and the people who eat these fish can themselves become sick. This is just one example.
Organic farming methods use natural fertilizers, such as compost and mulch, instead of artificial fertilizers. This not only benefits the crop but the soil too.
If we narrow it down, coffee has an enhanced taste when grown organically. This is because it absorbs chemical-free nutrients from the soil.
Where Does My Money Go?
Organic farmers and often linked with fair trade practices. This is important as it can support people producing coffee in developing countries by helping them maintain a sustainable living. That sure does make me smile!
This is because fair trade helps these farmers to achieve better trading conditions.
Research Different Coffee Companys
Each company is different and will have its culture, following its policies and procedures. You can do your research online by reading reviews of different companies.
So to sum up…
Know how to shop for organic produce and coffee by looking out for the organic certification labels. Drinking organic is a better option for your health, the health of our planet and it helps farmers in developing countries live happier lives. If that doesn’t put a smile on your face in the morning then I don’t know what will!
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