You see sustainability certification labels on products like coffee, chocolate, and tea all the time. But do they really benefit growers and the environment?
We went straight to the source—a Guatemala-based Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee farm—to find out if sustainability labels truly make a difference.
“I grow other types of plants like mango and banana trees next to coffee to provide shade and to contribute to the biodiversity of the land,” says coffee farmer Latissia Monzón Gómez. “I don’t have to be a part of the Rainforest Alliance program, but I do it because we all have to adapt to and mitigate climate change.”
Other certification requirements include responsibly managing wastewater, maintaining compost piles, and protecting wildlife.
Learn more about the Rainforest Alliance here.