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Organic Coffee is the Nectar of Life!

I will give you a quick rundown of what organic is, and why I believe people should exclusively consume organic coffee.


1) No synthetic fertilizers or pesticides can be used to raise certified organic crops.


2) No genetically altered plants or critters can be used in certified organic items.


3) To be labeled 100% organic items may only contain organic ingredients (excluding water and salt).


4) Foods labeled “organic” must consist of at least 95 percent organically produced components (excluding water and salt). Any remaining product ingredients must consist of non agricultural ingredients approved on the National List including non-organically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form.


5) If you see the USDA organic logo it guarantees the product is either 100% Organic or 95% organic.


6) Agricultural products labeled “100 percent organic” and “organic” must not be produced using forbidden methods, sewage sludge, or ionizing radiation.


What we’ve gone through is just a quick checklist of the USDA organic labeling requirements. I know you’re probably wondering when we’re going to get to the organic coffee, we’ll here we go. Since we are looking at coffee, you can be fairly sure that 100% of the coffee beans are organic in an organically grown blend.


Why should you care if your coffee is organic coffee?


1) You more than likely don’t want to drink a beverage that was treated with sewage sludge, do you?


2) I don’t know about you, but I’m not comfortable with genetically modified coffee, and I drink a swimming pool’s worth of coffee.


3) For you decaffeinated coffee drinkers, organic coffee is your best friend. Down right nasty chemicals such as ethyl acetate and methylene chloride are used in processing traditional decaffeinated coffees. Organic decaffeinated coffees are done with hot water and not chemicals. There is epidemiological evidence to suggest that drinking conventional decaffeinated coffees is associated with an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis.


4) Pesticides are not good for the wonderful people that grow our coffee. Most coffee is grown in primarily poor countries, and many farmers are not able to read pesticide warning labels, resulting in erroneous preparation of chemicals, and therefore, toxic exposure for them and the environment.


I could go on and on about why you would want to only purchase organic coffee. I haven’t even got into all the environmental havoc that is caused by just manufacturing the pesticides and herbicides.


As a final thought, farmers that raise their coffees organically are giving specieal attention to the ongoing needs of their crop, so the result is high quality coffee that tastes great! Whatever your beliefs, give organic coffee a try before you dismiss it completely.


By now you’re definitely wondering “where can I get Organic Coffee on a regular basis?” We’ll, go to Nectar of Life’s Coffee of the Month Club!

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