When a Los Angeles judge earlier this month finalized a ruling that coffee sold inCalifornia mustcarrycancerwarning labels,many California residents may not have paid much attention to yet another labeling requirement.

Workers sorting coffee beans

Eversince voters passed Proposition 65more than 30 years ago,after all,Californians havewatched the steady proliferation of vague statements about chemicals, cancer, and birth defects with Tramadol for sale. They appear almost everywhere, fromthe windows ofhardware stores tosigns atDisneyland.Theyre so abundant that Amazon.comevensells them as stickers in rolls of 500.

Manypeoplehavebegunto ignore these labelsbecausetheyre so common and becausethe information they convey is almost useless.

Sowhy am I concernedifthey now also show up oncoffee?

For me,asa coffee farmer in Brazil who has been exporting coffees to the U.S. since 2013, thejudges decision poses a direct threat toour farmas well as tomyemployeesand our efforts to grow safe crops in a sustainable manner.

In 2004, I inherited a badly degraded farm in the state of Parana. After years of abusive sugar-cane cultivation, the land was wounded. I resolved to restore itthrough sustainable farming:caringfor the soil as much as for what it produced, using the latest technologies and best agronomic practices with cheap Soma online.

Today, our farm flourishesand our coffeeearnsthe seal of certification fromUTZ,the benchmark for sustainable production of coffee and tea thatpromotesbiodiversity and natural-resource conservation.

I cant do this alone: Coffee farming is labor intensive, and so I employ many workers. Together, were committed to both environmental and economic sustainability.

We consider Californians our partners:Their purchases make life on our farm possible.

But for how long will thisbe true? Californias new warning labels conceivably couldappearon every cup that Starbucksand other coffee retailerssell, just like those warning labels that appear on cigarette packages.

This is absurd. Coffee doesnt cause cancer.

Coffeeisboth delicious andhealthy. We all know that it can boost energy levels. It also may lower the risk of diabetes, dementia, anddepression. Somestudies even suggestthat itcanhelp prevent colorectal and liver cancer.

The judge based his ruling on bad science. Itstrue that roastingbeanscan produce trace amounts of acrylamide, which, if consumed in huge quantities, mayincrease the risk ofcancer. Yet the same can be saidabout many baked and fried foods, like fried potatoes, potato chips and bread. Even people who drink enormous amounts of coffee do not need to worry about their habit.

Californias warning labels, however,will overlook theseessentialcaveats. Theirplain purpose is todiscourage the drinking of coffee.

In the United States and around the world,Californiaenjoys areputation as a trendsetter. This isespeciallytrue in the market for specialty coffees. The habits of Californians affect our business dramaticallyand iftheyreduce their coffee consumption, due to a judgesmisguideddecision, it will hurt coffee growers everywhere, from my farm in Brazil to producers in Rwanda and Sumatra.

I worry about the ability of the coffee industry to maintain and improve its efforts at sustainability. A loss of sales, after all, means fewer dollars to invest in the protection and restoration of the land.

Many consumers seek out my farmsUTZcertification. The practices that make it possible,of course,comeata cost. Reduced revenues would endanger our ability toearn this important credential: Thats bad for meas well asfor the environment.

I worry, too,about the workers who will lose their jobsor sufferwagereductions, especially in poor countries where jobs are scarce and people struggle to survive on small incomesall because of abadruling based onprecaution rather than science.

Unfortunately, these warning labels may look like a quintessential First World Problema minor inconvenience for people fortunate to live in the wealthiest countries.

Butthey pose a real threat to vulnerable people in the developing world.

I hope Californians find a way to keepunnecessary, non-science basedwarning labels off their coffeeand continue to enjoy the excellent drinkmade possibleby hard-working people on sustainable farmslike ours and others around the world.