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Confronting the Coffee Crisis

Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America

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Combining interdisciplinary research with case study analysis at scales ranging from the local to the global, Confronting the Coffee Crisis reveals the promise and the perils of efforts to create a more sustainable coffee industry Our morning cups of coffee connect us to a global industry and an export crisis in the tropics that is destroying livelihoods, undermining the cohesion of families and communities, and threatening ecosystems. Confronting the Coffee Crisis explores small-scale farming, the political economy of the global coffee industry, and initiatives that claim to promote more sustainable rural development in coffee-producing communities. Contributors review the historical, political, economic, and agroecological processes within today's coffee industry and analyze the severely depressed export market that faces small-scale growers in Mexico and Central America. The book presents a series of interdisciplinary, empirically rich case studies showing how small-scale farmers manage ecosystems and organize collectively as they seek useful collaborations with international NGOs and coffee companies to create opportunities for themselves in the coffee market. The findings demonstrate the interconnections among farmer livelihoods, biodiversity, conservation, and changing coffee markets. Additional chapters examine alternative trade practices, certification, and eco-labeling, discussing the politics and market growth of organic, shade-grown, and Fair Trade coffees. Combining interdisciplinary research with case-study analysis at scales ranging from the local to the global, Confronting the Coffee Crisis reveals the promise and the perils of efforts to create a more sustainable coffee industry. Contributors Christopher M. Bacon, David B. Bray, Sasha Courville, Jonathan A. Fox, Stephen R. Gliessman, David Goodman, Carlos Guadarrama-Zugasti, Shayna Harris, Roberta Jaffe, Maria Elena Martinez-Torres, V. Ernesto Mendez, Ellen Contreras Murphy, Tad Mutersbaugh, Seth Petchers, Jose Luis Plaza-Sanchez, Laura Trujillo, Silke Mason Westphal

Author Biography

Christopher M. Bacon is a Researcher and Lecturer associated with the Agroecology Group as well as both the Latin American and Latino Studies and Sociology Departments, University of California at Santa Cruz. V. Ernesto Mendez is Assistant Professor in the Environmental Program and Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. Stephen R. Gliessman is Alfred Heller Professor of Agroecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. David Goodman is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Jonathan A. Fox is Professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Department atthe University of California, Santa Cruz. David Goodman is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Stephen R. Gliessman is Alfred Heller Professor of Agroecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Christopher M. Bacon is a Researcher and Lecturer associated with the Agroecology Group as well as both the Latin American and Latino Studies and Sociology Departments, University of California at Santa Cruz. V. Ernesto Mendez is Assistant Professor in the Environmental Program and Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. Jonathan A. Fox is Professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Department atthe University of California, Santa Cruz. Robert Gottlieb is Emeritus Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy and founder and former Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. He is the author of Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City (MIT Press) and other books.
Release date Australia
January 18th, 2008
Contributors
Edited by Christopher M. Bacon Edited by David Goodman Edited by Jonathan A. Fox Edited by Stephen R. Gliessman Edited by V. Ernesto Mendez
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
3 maps, 5 charts, 16 graphs, 12 figures, 33 tables; 36 Illustrations, unspecified
Imprint
MIT Press
Pages
408
Dimensions
178x229x24
ISBN-13
9780262524803
Product ID
2463636

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