CS3 - Farming on a national & regional scale in Mexico,
an emerging country
Why choosing sustainable farming?

I. Unsustainable farming: coffee crisis in Mexico
Intensive farming: to produce, grow as much and as cheaply as possible promoting quantity over quality.
1. Environmental damage (def.):
Mexican intensive coffee farming uses agrichemicals which pollute and damage the ecosystem and quality of life (def).
2. Economic crisis (def.):
World coffee prices dropped, causing farmers’ incomes and the standard of living (def) to drop.
3. Social instability (def.):
As farmers’ standard of living (def) and quality of life (def) fell, some emigrated to the USA despite the risks.

II. Sustainable farming: fair trade organic coffee in Oaxaca
Fair trade: a way of buying and selling goods that makes sure that small producers, usually in developing countries, really benefit from
1. Economic growth (def.):
Farmers can sell fair trade coffee at higher prices to ensure higher income and a better standard of living (def).
2. Social equity (def.):
Fair trade programs also offer farmers’ families a better education improving their quality of life (def).
3. Environmental protection (def.):
Growing organic coffee with natural methods protects the ecosystem and promotes quality of life (def).