Beatriz Urraca is a professor of Spanish at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Along with her colleague, Stephen Madigorsky, she has worked extensively for more than a decade with farmers, academics, students and government officials on the environmental and cultural aspects of the coffee chain. They have presented in a variety of conferences on this topic and teach an award-winning course that exposes students to the cultural and environmental issues associated with coffee in Latin America.
By Stephen Madigosky, Beatriz Urraca, Resilience.org
If the pandemic extends into the next harvest, farmers like Piro may be forced to focus on maximizing yield at the expense of innovation, quality, and conservation. The long-term consequences are not just for our palates or our pockets, but for the environment.