Luis Fernando Vasquez has been a coffee farmer in the central valley of Costa Rica his entire life.
April 24, 2013 It doesn't take much effort to find bags of coffee with labels that promise social and environmental improvements. But each one of these certification programs promises something different for the farmer and the land — and every promise involves some compromises.
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A coffee grower picks coffee fruits in a plantation near Montenegro in Quindio province, Colombia. Fair Trade USA wants to allow coffee from big estates like this one under its fair trade label.
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November 30, 2011 A major certifier of fair trade foods says it wants to buy and certify coffee from big farms. But others in fair trade say that goes against the industry's priority of helping small farmers.
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