Costa Rica

Published: Wednesday 15 May 2002

Green Coffee
Costa Rican coffee already known for its rich flavour is going green. The government of Costa Rica has launched a unique 'sustainable' coffee seal to be given to growers. The message is clear. Adopt eco-friendly methods and get an award.

Those growers become eligible to receive the seal who protect plantation ecosystems, save energy, clean up waste-disposal, improve pest and disease control, provide healthy working conditions for pickers and reduce the use of chemicals.

The seal aims to raise rural living standards, strengthen the global reputation of Costa Rican coffee and add value to certified growers' beans. The Costa Rican Coffee Institute said it will monitor farms to ensure compliance.

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