Life In Mexico

Movie Review: Black Gold

Public Health Nutrition

Last weekend, I sat down and watched a movie that I’d been wanting to watch for quite some time: Black Gold. This movie is about coffee: the second most profitable commodity, only after petroleum. The film follows the work of Tadesse Meskela, who runs a coffee cooperative in Ethiopia and fights to get his growers higher prices for their beans. One scene in the film shows Meskela talking to a group of his growers about the price of a cup of coffee in the United States. The farmers literally laugh when they hear the number – they can’t even imagine it. If you purchase a cup of coffee for $3 at Starbucks, the amount that gets back to the farmer is 1/100th of that – $0.03.

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There is definitely a human aspect to this film and you do get to see the journey of a group of farmers and cooperatives as…

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