In certain regions of Colombia, coffee drives deforestation and biodiversity loss because coffee’s booming global demand encourages agricultural practices that prioritize profit above all else.
On Agroindustrial Suramericana’s farms, we strive to promote sustainable practices within the industry by implementing a wide range of environment-friendly solutions while encouraging other producers to do the same.
Responsible use of crop protection products
We adapt our use of crop protection products to the altitude, climate, and soil conditions of the mountains where our coffee is produced.
Our coffee grows in South-West Antioquia, a region blessed by air currents from the Pacific Coast that provide our soil with ideal moisture and organic matter, perfect for coffee plants. Additionally, the presence of coffee pests and diseases, like the coffee Berry Borer, are considerably limited thanks to the high elevation of our plantations, between 1550 and 1950 meters above sea level (5000-6500 feet). This deal combination permits a minimal use of fertilizers and pesticides, limiting our ecological impact.
In an effort to diversify our agroecosystems, stabilize our fields, and make profitable use of unproductive areas, we inter-crop many of our coffee lots with corn. This technique has benefits on both socio-economic and environmental levels.
Intercropping compatible plants is an efficient use of the land that also encourages biodiversity by providing a habitat for organisms that wouldn’t be present in a single-crop environment. So far, this initiative provides the crops with valuable nutrients, improves the soil structure, and also creates a second source of income for our farmers.
Fighting soil erosion
In order to prevent soil erosion in susceptible areas, we use ground cover plants such as the arachis pintoi and other deep-rooted plants that retain the soil’s moisture and increase fertility. We also protect nearby water sources by planting bamboo-like vegetation, which encourages a healthy biodiversity in these critical ecosystems.
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