This half term, we have been learning all about food growing, from allotments to food miles.
For this weeks learning, we have studied two case studies of farming around the world. Starting in North America, we learned about citrus farming in California – where the climate and conditions are perfect for these juicy fruits!
Then we talked about coffee farming in Peru, which has a tropical climate and hot yet wet conditions needed for coffee growing. We followed the journey of a coffee cherry, all the way through to a Starbucks cappuccino.
We were given roles in the coffee chain, and had to negotiate prices for our beans through the chain, ensuring we each made a profit.
Unfortunately, the final customer didn’t want to pay more than £3 for a cup of coffee, so the whole chain had to shift back in price to make the consumer price lower. We found out that it is usually the poorer farmers that suffer the most in this situation as everyone else in the chain still wants the same profit!
Luckily, there are people like fair trade and the rainforest alliance who are helping ensure these coffee farmers are helped and supported in their industry.