Mexico, a top producer of organic and fair trade coffee, is dominated by small-scale coffee farmers whose families tend small diverse plots of land in the mountains.
That could change soon, if the largest food corporation in the world gets its way.
Nestlé wants to build a massive $154-million-dollar coffee processing plant in the Mexican state of Veracruz. The plant would process Robusta coffee. And that coffee would likely be grown as a monoculture, on sun plantations, and with chemical fertilizers—a surefire way to degrade soil and contribute to global warming.
Nestlé’s plan could drive land grabs to build the massive plantations needed, fueling deforestation and squeezing out small-scale diverse farmers.