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In coffee, the ongoing assumption is that the term “shade-grown” connotes increased biodiversity and some amount of bird friendliness. Yet as the local environmental effects of coffee-driven deforestation and agroforestry…

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Coffee farmers can maximize profits by converting one-third to two-thirds of their farmland to shade-grown, according to pioneering new research that attempts to quantify the economic associations with shifting away…

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While the prevailing choice among discerning coffee drinkers is for arabica over robusta, birds seem equally fine with either, so long as adequate canopy cover is in place and pesticides are kept…

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by Jefferson Shriver of CRS Coffeelands Blog Dr. Robert Rice is commonly referred to as the coffee industry’s “voice of the birds,” and the certification he represents the gold standard for environmentally friendly coffee. That point is difficult to argue:  The Smithsonian’s Migratory Bird Center’s Bird Friendly coffee certification requires farmers to be organic-certified, possess at least ten different species of trees […]

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