Short video on shade coffee and birds

by on February 15, 2011

The Colombian bird conservation organization Fundación ProAves is now presenting a short video, “Shade-grown coffee and saving migratory birds of North and Latin America.”  A lot of the tropical footage was shot in their Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve and the community of San Vicente de Chucuri in Santander Department. It also touches on the issues in the U.S. Appalachian region, where mountain-top removal coal mining is also destroying habitat.

The video is also available in Spanish.

Several partners funded and produced the film. I don’t like to nitpick, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that there is a link at the end of the video that goes one of their sites where they are marketing a certified organic, Fair Trade, shade grown coffee.

There is no origin or shade certification indicated for this coffee.  Given that a major theme of the film is “Where does your coffee come from?” this seems ironic. After digging around a bit, I found a page that says the coffee is from Nicaragua; the roaster offers a Nicaraguan  — I presume that’s probably what they are using — but it’s not from the Smithsonian Bird-Friendly certified farm in that country. The cooperative the roaster sources from is 2300 members, and most grow under at least some shade. Still, it would have been appropriate to use Bird-Friendly certified coffee.

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Cathy Carroll February 16, 2011 at 6:01 am

An amazing and beautiful video. I don’t know where the coffee is from either but this is a powerful video.

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