PHOTOS: Birds Best Hope for Pest-Ridden Coffee Crops?

PHOTOS: Are Birds Best Hope for Pest-Ridden Coffee Crops?
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Most Costa Rican coffee farms, like this one near San Jose on the slopes of the Poas volcano, are clear-cut and include few trees.

Buying shade-grown coffee, farmed under a forest canopy, can be a good way to support bird-friendly agriculture. Research has shown that shade-coffee plantations can help bird conservation by providing a nesting habitat that's similar to that of a forest.
—Photograph by Robert Harding World Imagery/Getty Images
 
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