There has been a constant decline of the population of migratory birds. This includes some birds of prey and song birds. Do you remember the statement "The birds fly south for the winter?" Well, they still do and that is where the problems lie. You see due to the popularity and industrialization of coffee, huge plantations of coffee began to emerge in countries like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil to name a few. Because farmers found farm land more profitable, they began to remove acres and acres of tropical forest to grow more coffee. When my little birdies would migrate down south for the winter as usual, they would be homeless because the tree they might have been in previous years would be gone. This is a serious issue. As you might know, when the natural habitat of a species declines, so does the species too. One the other side you've got a farmer who owns a business and is trying to feed his family.
To help both, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park developed the Bird Friendly certification system. This program allows an eligible farm to gain certification if the farm meets the criteria of the program which includes:
Growing "shade grown" coffee
Eliminating chemical pesticides
Reducing soil erosion by employing agronomic techniques
Guaranteeing fair and stable prices for coffee producers
This method helps the farmer set himself apart from a typical coffee producer increasing his goods value therefore allowing him to get a better price for his coffee. The farmer is now encouraged to plant more trees. Bio-diversity begins to repair the natural cycle of the migratory birds that visits the farm each year. A bird like our beloved Baltimore Oriole has a place to stay during the winter. It's a win-win for both parties.
In conclusion, I am excited to be adding this coffee to our line-up. We plan to add a Bird Friendly coffee upon the arrival of this year’s current crop, so stay tuned. The choice to add Bird Friendly coffees originally stem from a personal admiration for birds themselves. I think they are absolutely beautiful creatures and I could not have imagined my childhood without them. Join BeanFruit Coffee in contributing to future of the birdies so our children can enjoy them as well. Be blessed.