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Authentic Organic Coffee
A European research project will soon help decide if you are drinking authentic organic coffee, wine, or olive oil.
Because of the higher price that healthy organic coffee and other organic products command there is always the risk of fraudulent packaging of normally grown coffee or other products.
According to press reports a research group at the University of Copenhagen is set to develop procedures for identifying the origin of food and drink items and finding out if they contain non-organic substances such as synthetic fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides.
The researchers will test for impurities which will help assure the consumer that his coffee or other product has been grown and processed using organic procedures.
In addition they intend to be able to determine the region in which a product was grown as well.
This would be accomplished by measuring trace elements that vary in composition from place to place about the globe. However, it is not as though no one is checking to verify that products such as organic coffee are, indeed, organic.
As an example of organic coffee certification, Bio Latina of Lima, Peru, sends employees throughout Latin America to verify that growers and processors are actively following sustainable growing practices and not mixing organically grown coffee or other products with their normally grown cousins.
Agencies throughout the world rely on organizations such as Bio Latina to verify organically produced products.
The United States Department of Agriculture, the Japanese Agricultural Ministry, the European Union, and many other accept Bio Latina certification of organic coffee and other products grown throughout Latin America.
For a consumer who is aware of who reliably certifies coffee it is an easy task to look for a label confirming Bio Latina organic coffee certification.
Another safeguard already in place is the vigilance of the growers of organic products.
A recent example is a law suit filed against an individual in California who was selling coffee labeled as Kona Coffee.
As it turns out, to be labeled Kona coffee, which is grown in Hawaii, the coffee needs to be 100% Hawaiian grown. The coffee growers in Hawaii are a relatively small group and they noticed that someone, that was not a Hawaiian producer, was selling bogus coffee and sued to stop him.
Organic Kona coffee is a unique product and its producers are a vigilant lot. Growers and processors of authentic organic coffee everywhere are interested in keeping fraud out of their trade.
For the average person who wants to make sure that he is drinking authentic organic coffee the quickest and easiest method is to only buy certified USDA organic coffee in the USA or coffee certified by the corresponding responsible agency the nation in which you live.
If you have serious doubts about the validity of an organic coffee label speak to the vendor.