The Rainforest Alliance certification seal indicates that a farm, forest, or tourism enterprise has been audited to meet standards that require environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
The Standard encompasses all three pillars of sustainability—social, economic, and environmental. Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms are audited regularly to verify that farmers are complying with the Standard’s comprehensive requirements, which require continual improvement on the journey to sustainable agriculture. The Standard is built on these important principles of sustainable farming:
- Biodiversity conservation
- Improved livelihoods and human well-being
- Natural resource conservation
- Effective planning and farm management systems
Food vs. Forests
Thriving farmers and healthy forests go hand-in-hand. Subsistence farming and commercial farming combined are responsible for more than 80 percent of tropical deforestation. As the world's population increases, so does the demand for food—and with it, the pressure to raze forests for more farmland. Making current cropland more productive is one of the most direct ways to improve farmer livelihoods and halt deforestation.
The Rainforest Alliance trains farmers around the world to conserve forests, boost the productivity of the land, and support the well-being of their communities. Thanks to these farmers, 8.6 million acres (3.5 million hectares) of agricultural land are being managed sustainably—bringing us closer to an Earth rebalanced.
Coffee 2u & Eco Coffee are proud to have an association with The Rainforest Alliance.
For more information go to www.rainforest-alliance.org