Coffee Bean Scandal
Coffee is one of the most widely used commodities in the world, second only to oil. It is estimated that annually coffee is worth over $70 billion; however farmers of coffee beans in poor countries such as Ethiopia are paid a tiny 3 US cents per cup of coffee that they produce.
To produce one cup of finely brewed coffee, you need about 50 coffee beans, which is why the coffee bean scandal is capturing the world's attention.
A documentary that was screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival called Black Gold has exposed this coffee bean scandal.
It showed the immoral injustice that is being done to people of third world countries. These people can hardly clothe themselves, eat properly or build schools, but America, England , and other first world countries are making enormous profits from this industry.
You would think that with billions of avid coffee drinkers worldwide (2 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day), the major coffee distributors would be prepared to pay a little more for the only thing that is making them rich.
Ethiopia depends on their excellent coffee beans for their livelihood. They produce 67 percent of the coffee beans used in the world and are purchased by the multinational companies of Proctor and Gamble, Nestle,
Sara Lee, and Kraft who are directly implicated in the coffee bean scandal . These companies should realize that each coffee bean is hand picked taking many workers all day long to produce only a small quantity of beans.
They should be paid well for their efforts and be afforded the right to education and decent living conditions for the sake of a slightly lower profit margin.
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