This paper explores the tension between civic (environmental, communitarian) and commercial (efficiency-based) values in organic coffee production in Costa Rica.
|Keywords:||Organic Coffee, Civic and Commercial Values, Social Capital|
A professor of economics, Héctor Sáez has spent years researching social justice issues and the impact our current economic system has had on Central American and Caribbean countries. He has conducted research on several agricultural topics, including the use of agrochemicals in coffee production; the production of organic coffee and the commodity links in fair trade and conventional coffee. He ha also studied the agriculture of Cuba under socialism. Héctor is currently a professor of Applied Economics, Community Development and Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont in Burlington and at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle. He is also a staff economist for the Center for Popular Economics in Amherst, MA. A native of Puerto Rico, Hector has taught at the Center for Sustainable Development Studies in Costa Rica, Wagner College in New York City, the University of Puerto Rico, and the Social Thought and Political Economy program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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