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An episode of the local program The Green Room where I talk about eco-friendly coffee and birds.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

What is a certified B Corp, and which coffee companies have the certification?

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Revised on March 23, 2014

An update on the accelerating pace of land use for coffee growing in China and its environmental impact.

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Revised on December 28, 2013

A guide to more information of interest to readers of my article “The True Cost of Coffee” in BirdWatching Magazine.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

The True Cost of Coffee

by on January 5, 2013

The February 2013 issue of BirdWatching Magazine (formerly Birder’s World) is in bookstores and other retailers now. It contains my article on the connection between coffee, birds, and biodiversity, The […]

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Revised on March 23, 2014

We may all be getting to know robusta a little better in the future. It seems fitting to offer a little introduction.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Multiple studies have shown that birders can well afford to drink sustainably-grown coffee that supports the birds they enjoy so much.

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Revised on September 29, 2013

Shade coffee flyer

by on April 12, 2009

I put together a two-page PDF fact sheet on shade coffee and migratory birds for a couple of local events and to have on hand on our literature table at the Rouge River Bird Observatory. Feel free to download it…

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Revised on October 26, 2010

In spite of what many people believe, Fair Trade certification alone does not automatically mean or guarantee that rigorous environmental standards were followed, or that the coffee was grown under shade. Here’s a summary of the Fair Trade environmental standards.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Not only is it time for us — birders — to acknowledge that our consumption is often in conflict with our professed beliefs and passions, it’s time to do something about it.

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Revised on November 2, 2010

If you are one of the 160 million coffee drinkers in the U.S., you can make a decisive, positive impact on poverty by refusing to buy cheap grocery store coffee from Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, and Sara Lee.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

I have updated my post covering botanical varieties of coffee with a link to James Hoffman’s family tree of coffee, and a table of coffee genotypes from a paper published in the Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology which I…

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Revised on October 26, 2010

A summary table of the criteria used for shade certification by Rainforest Alliance, and Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (under the “Bird-Friendly” trademark).

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Revised on August 15, 2011

“Sustainable coffee is produced on a farm with high biological diversity and low chemical inputs. It conserves resources, protects the environment, produces efficiently, competes commercially and enhances the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”– Smithsonian Migratory…

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Revised on January 14, 2012

(updated June 2009) Recently, the topic of shade coffee came up on the popular Internet bird list, BirdChat. I hope BirdChatters will have a look around Coffee & Conservation, beginning with some of the posts listed under “Overview” at left….

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Revised on November 2, 2010