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Kopi Luwak and Animal Cruelty

We have been watching with interest as the media begins to uncover the true story behind the kopi luwak (coffee from from civet cat feces) industry in Indonesia. So many people around the world and tourists who come to Bali seek this novelty product without realizing that they are feeding an incredibly cruel practice. More information can be found in articles such as this one from The Guardian, Civet coffee: Why it’s time to cut the crap.

“Kopi luwak is now rarely wild: it’s industrialised. Sounds disgusting? It is. The naturally shy and solitary nocturnal creatures suffer greatly from the stress of being caged in proximity to other luwaks, and the unnatural emphasis on coffee cherries in their diet causes other health problems too; they fight among themselves, gnaw off their own legs, start passing blood in their scats, and frequently die.  Wild luwaks – the trapping of which is supposed to be strictly controlled in Indonesia – are caught by poachers, caged and force-fed coffee cherries in order to crap out the beans for the pleasure of the thousands who have been conned into buying this “incredibly rare” and very expensive “luxury” coffee.”

 This is not a sustainable or fair food product. We hope consumers around the globe will recognize this and stop contributing to animal cruelty in Indonesia.

Subak system under threat

Incredibly disturbing news about the subak irrigation system:

“The integrated rice-field irrigation system of Bali, Indonesia, has been awarded World Heritage Cultural Landscape status by UNESCO. It has maintained agricultural ecosystem services for over 1000 years but might not survive its popularity. With over 2 million visitors a year, the Balinese subak rice-field irrigation system is in danger of being loved to death. The landscape and its cultural traditions are so popular, farmers are selling their rice fields to developers, taking out of production about 1000 hectares a year’, said Steve Lansing, an ecological anthropologist who has been studying the system since 1974. ‘Because the entire system is integrated, when a few terraced fields are sold, the taxes on neighbouring farms increase, putting pressure on more farmers to sell, which threatens the viability of the whole. At the current rate of loss of rice fields, all subak are under threat and unless something is done in the next few years, the entire system could collapse’.
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