Growing organic Brazilian coffee gets more popular in that country. The natural model calls for a more rational approach to the environment.
What is Organic Coffee?
Basically, Organic Coffee is a produce conceived without the use of highly soluble chemical (industrial) fertilizers, neither the use of pesticides (fungicides, herbicides, insecticides or other chemicals).
Instead of using chemical fertilizers, alternatives such as organic fertilizers, green manure, and good soil management are desired for organic plantations. That procedure is where farmers must concentrate their largest efforts because taking care of the soil that will take care of the plant is a must.
The Natural Way of Living
According to the organic way philosophy, If the plant is not correctly fed, or unbalanced, it will certainly be more susceptible to diseases and pests. We can observe a parallel with the human body; if we are stressed, tired, underfed we are bound to be more vulnerable to a cold or flu!
Otherwise, when we are well balanced and well fed while everyone, except us, catches that frightening cold from which the world is running away.
But some producers say that growing organic coffee is hard and expensive.
Yes! It truly is not so easy, and costs more, but it also has a different price as a commodity.
Coffee plants in an organic system require more attention than non-organic coffee growing because there are no cake recipes available to guide the farmers. Every day is a new day, and every situation is different for each region with new challenges for every organic coffee producer.
The farmer that decides to go natural must always be aware of everything within a system that has numerous components, variables, and actors – Changing one of those changes the system as a whole.
Also, there is a drop in organic coffee productivity compared with conventional systems, but in reality, organic coffee producers have managed to maintain a competitive productivity above the national average of regular coffee.
One evidence depicting that the natural system can be productive is the case of the organic coffee producer, Paul do Amaral Gurgel, who entered the Guinness Book of Records when his plantation reached top productivity levels.
Regarding product quality, organic coffee has made history, by becoming the best coffees in several coffee quality competitions.
Former president of Brazil, Getulio Vargas, once ordered the burning of thousands of coffee bags to force higher prices on the foreign market. By then, no fertilizers or pesticides were used, and every coffee was organic coffee.
Organic coffee defenders believe that going natural not only preserves the environment but can also be produced with excellent efficiency such to achieve significant global representation.
Shade growing is also a procedure that helps a lot in organic plantations.
If you like to know more about coffee growing in Brasil read the article, Brazil Coffee Regions.