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Confronting the Coffee CrisisFair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America$
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Christopher M Bacon, V. Ernesto Mendez, Stephen R Gliessman, David Goodman, and Jonathan A Fox

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026338

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026338.001.0001

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A Grower Typology Approach to Assessing the Environmental Impact of Coffee Farming in Veracruz, Mexico

A Grower Typology Approach to Assessing the Environmental Impact of Coffee Farming in Veracruz, Mexico

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(p.127) 6 A Grower Typology Approach to Assessing the Environmental Impact of Coffee Farming in Veracruz, Mexico
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Confronting the Coffee Crisis
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Carlos Guadarrama-Zugasti

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026338.003.0006

This chapter outlines the use of a coffee grower typology approach for identifying heterogeneity in farm production strategies in Veracruz, Mexico. Three typologies, with their defining criteria, variables, and drawbacks, are compared; the advantages of the typology approach used to evaluate sustainability are discussed, including its ability to analyze the operational structure of the farm and differentiate the environmental impact of the cultivation practices used by farmers in hybrid agro-ecosystem management systems. The importance of this hybridity for ecological sustainability enhancement, along with the pros and cons of traditional shade-grown coffee production, is discussed, as is the impact of agrochemical applications in agricultural practices of the coffee farmers.

Keywords:   coffee grower typology, farm production strategies, operational structure, sustainability, hybrid agroecosystem, agrochemical applications

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