Along with stocking coffee, the country also stockpiles staples such as sugar, rice, edible oils, and animal feed.
For a place that's fairly neutral on a lot of issues, Switzerland has managed to cause quite a commotion. The Federal Council ruled on Wednesday that Coffee is not vital for human survival and that it should be removed from the nation's required emergency stockpile, reports BBC. Switzerland has been storing coffee between World War One and World War Two in preparation for potential shortages. The Federal Office for National Economic Supply considered a proposed amendment to the "Ordinance on the Compulsory Storage of Foodstuff and Animal Feed" and that's when they found that coffee is not really vital to humans.
"It is intended to cancel the storage obligation for coffee," the council said in a news release. They also mentioned the NES "came to the conclusion that coffee is not essential for life according to today's criteria." It seemed like they were pushing their luck, as the council continued: That is, coffee contains almost no calories and therefore does not make any contribution to food security from a nutritional point of view.
Nestlé, the maker of instant coffee Nescafé, and other importers, roasters and retailers are required to store bags of raw coffee, by law. The country also stockpiles staples such as sugar, rice, edible oils, and animal feed. If the proposal of coffee not being a necessity survives, then by 2020 importers will no longer have to stockpile coffee and companies will be free to draw down what they've stored in their warehouses, according to The Guardian.
A final decision on completely scrapping coffee stockpile is expected in November. There are nearly 8.5 million residents in Switzerland. They consume around 9kg (20lb) of coffee per person annually, while Britain has a 3.3kg average, and the US has a 4.5kg average, according to the International Coffee Organization. But, not everyone in Switzerland wants to do away with stockpiling coffee beans for future use.
Réservesuisse, the Bern-based organization that oversees Switzerland’s food stockpiles asked the Switzerland government to reconsider this proposal. There are 15 companies with mandatorily coffee stockpile and Réservesuisse said that 12 of them wanted to continue in part because the system helped buttress the supply chain. Some of them claimed that coffee had a lot of benefits and that they have not been fully appreciated.
Stockpile operators’ concerns clearly show that the one-sided review and weighting of calories as the main criteria for a vital staple did not do justice to coffee, Réservesuisse wrote in a letter seen by Reuters. According to Healthline, coffee has a lot of benefits. For starters, coffee can actually help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. When you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream and then travels to your brain.
Surprisingly, coffee also helps you burn fat. There are several studies that show how coffee can increase your metabolism. Caffeine is also known to increase your metabolism levels release fatty acids from your fat tissues. It also leads to significant improvements in physical performance. Coffee also contains several important nutrients, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and niacin.
Several studies have also shown that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Alzheimer's is a common illness nowadays and it has been proven that coffee can actually reduce the effect of Alzheimer's. Coffee drinkers also have up to a 60% lower risk of getting Parkinson's disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. Not just that, it also helps with depression, and will also get you to live longer. With all these benefits, why would Switzerland want to stop stocking up on coffee?
On Facebook, Angie Dawson wrote: As much as Europe loves good coffee, has a big deal over hot drinks... yes, of course, it is NOT water or dry milk for nourishment. I personally don’t like it, but it does help my asthma when a need is or a migraine - but I really have to doctor it up! But it has medical qualities!
Michael Matyas said what all of us were thinking about: It's funny that I just so happen to be drinking coffee as I come across this article. I drink at least 3-4 cups of coffee a day. You do not want to mess with me if I haven't had coffee lol.
Reacting to this latest development, while some agreed, most people around the world expressed their disagreement.