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October 24, 2007

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Sara

Coffee puts the system under the strain of metabolizing a deadly acid-forming drug, depositing its insoluble cellulose, which cements the wall of the liver, causing this vital organ to swell to twice its proper size. In addition, coffee is heavily sprayed. (Ninety-two pesticides are applied to its leaves.) Diuretic properties of caffeine cause potassium and other minerals to be flushed from the body.

All this fear went away when I quit, and it was a book that inspired me to do it called The Truth About Caffeine by Marina Kushner. There are five things I liked about this book:

1) It details--thoroughly--the ways in which caffeine may damage your health.

2) It reveals the damage that coffee does to the environment. Specifically, coffee was once grown in the shade, so that trees were left in place. Then sun coffee was introduced, allowing greater yields but contributing to the destruction of rain forests. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else.

3) It explains how best to go off coffee. This is important. If you try cold turkey, as most people probably do, the withdrawal symptoms will likely drive you right back to coffee.

4) Helped me find a great resource for the latest studies at CaffeineAwareness.org

5) Also, if you drink decaf you won’t want to miss this special free report on the dangers of decaf available at www.soyfee.com

BirdBarista

The only thing "sustainable" means for Sara Lee is "we have a constant supply of cheap, low-quality coffee that degrades the environment."

Utz certification has the LEAST stringent environmental criteria of any of the leading certifiers. Only one of the 21 environmental criteria is a requirement for certification, and it states that deforestation is prohibited without "compensation to plant new fields." Shade of any type is not required, and if it is used it is "preferable" that native trees are used. Chemical use is allowed, with a "recommendation" that those used are the least toxic to people and wildlife. I have written about this here:
http://www.coffeehabitat.com/2007/02/utz_kapeh.html

This is just corporate greenwashing.

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