Mar 25, 2010

Shady Acres, Muddy Roots

Traditionally coffee plants have been grown in forests amongst the shade of the trees. However, like most agriculture these days, to produce more, and at a faster rate, a lot of farmers have taken to full sun grown coffee. This type of farming means that there is no tree cover, so any forest that once was in the area must be clear-cut.

Shade grown coffee is good for the environment, habitats and people alike. Allowing coffee plants to grow within the environment (rather than clear cutting for full sun) promotes polyculture farming, allows forests to remain, thus allowing wildlife such as birds to thrive.

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