Over the last three years the price of
coffee (per pound, at the farm, the beans, the coffee beans) has gone from over
$1.20 per pound to $0.55 per pound. That’s a drop of more than 50%. It
destroyed the livelihoods of tens of thousands of small coffee farmers all
through Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, you get the picture?
Those people could not survive, literally. There is one statistic that says over
60% of small coffee farmers reported in surveys that they were food insecure
over the last two years. Food insecure is the polite technical term for going
hungry. So they did what people, hurt by economic change, have done for 300 years:
come to the borders of the United States seeking entry so that they don’t starve
to death. The past of the United States welcomed these people, found the place
for them. Not always, but in general. But not now. Now we condemn these people to
concentration camps, cages for their children. And why? Because the price of
coffee. And who’s a major player in the price of coffee? Here, the United States.
Yeah, and big American corporations. Little footnote. Screwing those farmers
was one step. If you haven’t noticed a drop in the price of coffee that might
be because the company delivering your coffee drink is keeping the extra money
they get by not having to pay as much for coffee as they used to and using it
for their profits. It’s the system that works that way.