An easy-to-process briefing on the inequality of coffee production

It's now well known that coffee production and sourcing could be described in many regards as ethically contentious. But while many consumers have heard there's a bigger, darker story behind their morning latte, they often remain unsure when it comes to the details on why. There's growing and generalized awareness that many modern agricultural techniques can imply negative fallout for the environment and society, and ultimately food security. But why, exactly? And are practices like Fair trade really helping?

This article by Alexander Myers, a graduate student at the University of Kansas, does a good job of cutting through some of the complexity. Check it out to get an abbreviated sense of why full sun production systems are the order of the day in many producing countries, what inequality in coffee looks like, and why Fair trade, while better, is an unstable solution at best.