(THOMAS DISHAW) Is your coffee killing you? Did you know your average cup of coffee has about 1,500 different chemicals? Each cup contains trace amounts of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides.
And this is just scratching the surface…
Coffee beans are one the most heavily sprayed crops on the planet, with over 250 pounds of chemical fertilizer sprayed on each acre. Cancer causing Monsanto Glyphosates, which have been linked to infertility and cancer by the World Health Organization, are being widely used in coffee plantations to control weeds according to this NCIB report.
Obviously, no one has died from a pesticide filled cup of joe, but add this to the chemical bombardment your body faces on a daily basis and you could argue that these toxic chemicals bioaccumulation in your body are take years off your life.
What about organic coffee?
Buying organic coffee from the grocery store will not protect you from the chemical cocktail found in a cup of coffee. According to Bean Box Coffee a company out of Seattle: “Organic-certified coffees can be treated with wide range of pesticides. The organic label on a coffee bag just means the pesticides used are organic (natural) vs. synthetic. And increasingly, research suggests that natural pesticides can be as toxic as synthetic ones. Worse, many argue that runoff from natural pesticides may in fact be more harmful to water-based ecosystems.”
There are some solutions…
According to Organicfacts.net there are options for 100% pesticide free coffee.
Organic Kona Coffee: This Organic Kona Coffee is grown on fertile volcanic soil of the Kona region in Hawaii. Organic Kona Coffee is produced in farms that do not use chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides. They are absolutely dependent on the fertility of the soil (enriched by volcanic ash and lava), organic fertilizers, and biotic pest control methods. It has a distinct taste and flavor due to the climate and soil in that region. While Organic Kona Coffee itself is a delicacy, the Pea-Berry variety is the best. Always look for the certificate for authenticity and “100% Organic Kona Coffee” on the packets. Many fraudsters will be trying to sell normal coffee under the Kona tag.
Organic Shade-Grown Coffee: This variety is grown in the natural shade of tropical forests without clearing land for farming. Growth is slow, but the coffee is tastier and more flavored. The biggest benefit of this coffee is that no forests are cut down for its production and, of course, no chemicals are used. It is richer in taste than its regular counterpart. There are a few varieties of Organic Shade-Grown Coffee, mainly named after their various styles of farming. They include organic rustic, organic traditional polyculture and organic specialized or reduced shade. It has less availability and hence priced higher than the other types of coffee.
Organic Green Coffee: Organic Green Coffee is the Green Coffee that is obtained from coffee plants that are grown organically. This coffee is obtained from raw coffee beans which are not roasted. No chemicals are used in processing (fermentation/washing etc.). Taste of organic green coffee depends on good soil, right altitude, climate and processing.It is a rich source of antioxidants and contains Chlorogenic Acid, which is believed to be far more effective in neutralizing free radicals than the antioxidants in green tea. It boosts metabolism, and the presence of caffeic acid helps energize the body after fatigue. Some varieties include Blue Mountain Cenaproc, Colonial Caranavi, Peaberry, Kenya AA, Tarrazu, Yirgacheffe, Antigua, and Altura.
Who would have thought a cup of coffee was such a dirty topic. As I stated earlier this article is just scratching the surface of a very guarded subject. Finding information on whats exactly sprayed on your coffee is virtually impossible. Companies aren’t willfully ready to release such information knowing that a public backlash would soon follow.
Below is a link to a herbicide and pesticide free coffee company I have personally vetted on Amazon.
For the sake of transparency, if you purchase this product I will make a small percentage through the Amazon Affiliate program.
From the backwoods of Michigan, Thomas Dishaw is writer and health hacker. Thomas currently resides outside Philadelphia with his wife and dog. You can support Thomas' work by making a donation below or following him on Instagram. You can reach Thomas via email at email@example.com.