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

PHOTOS: Are Birds Best Hope for Pest-Ridden Coffee Crops?
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Not all shade-grown coffee is bird friendly. But the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center's trademarked certification ensures that coffee is grown under super-strict ecological standards designed to benefit birdlife.

Organic coffees that bear this trademarked seal of approval require farmers to have three layers of forest cover and at least 11 species of canopy trees, among other conditions.

So far, this coffee is being grown on just 35 farms and is available mostly in North America and Japan.
—Illustration courtesy Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
 
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