Potential Links Between Certified Organic Coffee and Deforestation in a Protected Area in Chiapas, Mexico

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This study considers organic coffee certification and deforestation in the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve of Chiapas, Mexico. Land reform, dating back to the revolution, has created a complex context for measuring land use change. The locally improved price of organic production, maintained yield, and plantation growth rate-twice that of conventional producers-raise questions about potential deforestation. While consumers believe organic does not deforest, no measurements are taken during inspection. As communal land privatizes without an established baseline for land use change, improved organic certification inspections are needed to verify good practices and advance forest conservation in the coffee sector.

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Jurjonas, M., Crossman, K., Solomon, J., & Baez, W. L. (2016). Potential Links Between Certified Organic Coffee and Deforestation in a Protected Area in Chiapas, Mexico. World Development, 78, 13–21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.10.030

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