From the Grounds Up, Cornell Professors Seek Sustainable ‘Java’

Professors from Cornell University seek to brew agricultural, environmental and economics sustainability together for the world’s smallholder coffee bean growers.  Professors who specialize in soil science and economics are examining the entire supply chain-from tiny producers to the coffee drinkers- to gain insight as to how they can improve conditions for small farms in Colombia.  Miguel Gómez, professor at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management said, “I think we’re the first team to measure the environment and biodiversity in a systematic way.”  The researchers will partner with Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, who use a coffee model which offers roasters and small farmers the opportunity to establish a long-term trading partnership for high-quality coffee.

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