Coffee Is The World's Second Largest Commodity

1521 Words Mar 5th, 2015 7 Pages
With the increase in demand of coffee within coffee drinkers globally, coffee has successfully ensured its place to become the world’s second largest commodity. (cite) Coffea, commonly known as the coffee plant, is the member of the Rubiaceae family (USDA 2015). While there are various species of the coffee plant, Coffea Arabica and Coffea Canephora are mostly grown. However, between them Coffea Arabica is considered to have greater quality and flavor. Brazil is known as the top manufacturer of coffee followed by countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Colombia, and Ethiopia (USDA 2014). The rising demand for coffee has amplified the dependence of the coffee industry on countries that grows coffee. Using pesticides on coffee fields seemed to be an ultimate solution for farmers who were hoping for maximum productivity of coffee. Pesticides are used in agriculture in order to protect plants from fungal diseases, pests, and insects that affect the growth of food crops. On the short run, using pesticides has an advantage as it increases the production and the quality of coffee. However, pesticide practices have detrimental impact on the environment, the quality and the amount of coffee manufactured, and the health of the farmers in the long run.
The agricultural practice that involves the usage of pesticides has contributed in the exploitation of the environment. The consumption of pesticides in countries producing coffee has increased rapidly over the decades. For example,…
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