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by LeDayne McLeese Polaski
March 9, 2011
If you are anything like me, getting up and waking up are not the same thing. Getting up is as simple as rolling out of bed, but, for me, WAKING UP involves caffeine. I know I am not the only one -- millions of people think of coffee as an indispensable part of their morning routine. That routine is made possible by millions of others. Estimates are that over 25 million people worldwide make a living by growing coffee.
Unfortunately, very few of those growers make a living wage - that is, enough money to provide basic shelter, food, health care, and education for a family. In fact, even while some of us pay $4 for a latte, many coffee growers often find themselves selling their coffee beans for LESS than the costs of growing them. You can imagine what that does to their ability to sustain themselves and their children.
Here are some ideas for making sure that you don't want to wake up at the cost of someone else's livelihood:
Resource: Julie Clawson, Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices, InterVarsity Press, 2009.