I just signed the petition as well. Now, I have a question.
I guess I don't understand why we all seem to immediately understand why it
makes sense to support Kona growers in Hawaii seeking to protect the good
name of their coffee, and less sense (to some at least) to see that
consumers should have accurate information about coffee origins no matter
what coffee they are buying and that the good names of coffees in 3rd world
nations, 1st world nations, and every place in between are protected equally
I was especially interested in the part of the bill that would require full
disclosure of the other coffees added in to the required amount of Kona. I
understand that WalMart's high end line of coffee just meets the 30%
requirement to claim Rainforest Alliance certification. (http://www.coffeehabitat.com/2007/01/walmart_coffee.html)and then there is
the whole Starbuck's debacle.
I also read recently that Brazil is considering importing coffee from Viet
Nam and reselling it as Brazilian to make up for this year's crop shortfall.
See:http://english.vietnamnet.vn/biz/2006/12/646509/.I am not purposely trying to re-open the can of worms about Starbucks, but
it seems like it is part of the same story.I have to wonder if all origins
were protected, we would have less to argue about in terms of the specifics
of the fight going on to protect our much loved Sidamos and Yirgs.