We're all thinking more about our own carbon footprint, doing things like changing to compact fluorescent bulbs, recycling paper and plastic, bringing our own bags to the grocery store and farmers markets, and more. These are all little things we've chosen to do to try to make a difference. Here's another easy and tasty behavior switch you can make: drink a certified shade-grown coffee.
When you drink a shade-grown coffee, especially a certified Bird-Friendly® coffee, you contribute to the preservation of and return to traditional shade-grown coffee farms. When you drink a sun-grown coffee, you are (perhaps unknowingly) contributing to massive deforestation in coffee-growing regions.
And the impact of deforestation is huge. Here's some interesting facts I found out about deforestation in a recent article in Newsweek magazine:
- Deforestation represents about 15 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions - more than all the world's cars, trucks, planes, trains, and ships combined.
- Tropical forests can recover up to 90 percent of their original biodiversity in as little as 20 years.
- Protecting and restoring forest is a much cheaper way to cut CO2 than even switching to renewable energy.
- $1 spent on forest measures buys as great a CO2 reduction as $6 invested in emerging technologies, such as solar power.
Your conscious choice of a certified (preferably Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center certified Bird-Friendly®) shade-grown coffee sends a message that you care about deforestation and want to encourage a return to traditional shade-grown coffee growing methods.
Look for this label on your coffee!