"Organic" Coffee

by Ernie Gorrie ⌂ @, Friday, October 27, 2017, 12:33 (23 days ago) @ maggie

Hi Rob,


I read your coffee post. I love coffee and in fact some studies say that coffee prolongs life. I think the only problem with coffee is that it is a very heavily sprayed crop but drinking organic coffee solves that problem.

Maggie w

My understanding is that most decent coffee (I'm not including the "3 pounds for $5" types) is pesticide-free, but not labelled as organic. The reasoning is that most coffee is grown by people who don't have enough money to use pesticides (although some may use non-organic fertilizers).

Not having enough money to afford pesticides (and maybe using non-organic fertilizers), they also don't have enough money to afford the expensive process of becoming and maintaining "certified organic" status.

By way of example of testing results...

"In total, 297 coffee, 510 juice and 267 tea samples were collected from Canadian retail stores and were analysed for over 430 different pesticide residues. It should be noted that brewed tea and coffee were not analyzed in this survey. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) monitors food as sold rather than as consumed, maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pesticides are established for dried tea leaves and coffee beans and there are analytical method considerations when analyzing brewed drinks. As such, the results presented should only be interpreted as tea and coffee available as sold and not brewed tea and coffee as consumed.

"All coffee samples in this survey were compliant with existing MRLs for the pesticides analyzed. Only two of the 297 coffee samples were found to contain detectable pesticide residues and both were compliant with the Canadian General 0.1 parts per million (ppm) MRL."


I couldn't find similar testing information from US government sources.


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