The effects of organic coffee on the environment organic agriculture stimulate the environment’s natural development of disease and pest control. Because much organic coffee is shade grown, large amounts of forest may be preserved. This preservation has many additional benefits: minimizing soil erosion, preserving habitat, especially for birds; further, the leaves from the trees and bird droppings naturally fertilize the soil. Birds also control pests by eating insects that eat the leaves of coffee plants.
Fair trade coffee is coffee which is purchased directly from the growers for a higher price than standard coffee. Gayo Women Coffee Cooperative has fair trade certification. Fair trade coffee is one of many fair trade certified products available around the world. The purpose of fair trade is to promote healthier working conditions and greater economic incentive for producers. Coffee farmers producing fair trade certified coffee are required to be part of a co-op with other local growers. The coops determine how the premiums from fair trade coffee will be spent.
Growers are guaranteed a minimum price for the coffee, and if market prices exceed the minimum, they receive a per pound premium. Fair Trade coffee has become increasingly popular over the last 10 years, and is now offered at most places coffee is sold. Fair Trade standards require that farmers receive fair wholesale prices for their crops. Farmers who are involved with Fair Trade receive maximum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Standards for Fair Trade Coffee Certification are Fair labor conditions: Those who work with Fair Trade farms are able to work with freedom of association, safe working conditions, and above fair wages.
Child labor is prohibited. With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating the middle man and letting the farmer compete in the global market. Organic and fair-trade coffee which is required certification fees has premium price. Gayo Women Coffee Cooperative is compiled all those standards.
Through proof of a democratic market, Fair Trade farmers and farm workers of Gayo Women Coffee Cooperative decide how to invest Fair Trade revenues. Fair Trade farmers and workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, healthcare services and quality improvement training for the purpose of community development.