- Produce carbon neutral coffee
WHY IT MATTERS
- Reduces carbon dioxide emissions
Billions of people worldwide rely on their cup of Joe every day to get them going in the morning. In Costa Rica, coffee is the third largest agricultural export, behind pineapple and bananas, but it accounts for nearly 10% of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. Yikes!
The Coffee Cooperative of Dota (Coopedota) located in the Los Santos Zone is doing its part to cut back emissions. In 2011 this cooperative of 800 coffee farmers became the world's first certified carbon neutral coffee producer.
Wondering how one becomes carbon neutral certified? At Coopedota, they conduct soil surveys to reduce fertilizers, grow in shaded areas to prevent disease and when fertilizer is needed, they use as much coffee debris as possible. Seems simple, right? They also use coffee bean husks for drying and have reduced their water use by 90% and electricity by 40%.
It should also be noted that Costa Rica has started producing carbon neutral bananas as well.
In 2009 Costa Rica announced they would be become a carbon neutral country by 2021