Coffee Is Not Fair Trade

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Coffee is one of the most profitable and most traded commodities on the planet. It is second in trade to that of oil and gas. There are so many issues that surround this product, otherwise known as black gold. Coffee growers typically only get around three cents from over $1.50 cup of coffee that is sold in the United States. The world surrounding coffee is not fair. There are so many problems that arise because of its lack of fair trade. According to the United Nations, women do around two thirds of the work are only rewarded five percent of the world’s income and own less than one percent of the world’s real property. Coffee is a luxury food that many people take for granted and because of that, a large portion of coffee growers and their workers are exploited leading to the lack of fair trade. Coffee is cultivated in more than eighty countries in Central and South America, Africa and Asia and it cultivates the lives of around 20-25 million farming families. Smallholder coffee farms, combined with their families and rural workers produce over seventy percent of this labor. Most rural women around the work are farmers. This is how they put food on the table for their families and it is estimated that women produce between 60 and 80 percent of the food in most developing countries and are responsible for about half of the world’s food production. In the world of coffee, women carry out more than 70 percent of the work that is put into coffee production. Around 20 percent
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