Latest Coffee and the environment Stories

Agroforests Are Better For Birds Than Farms
2012-08-07 12:52:39

Study indicates growing coffee and cacao in shade helps birds Compared with open farmland, wooded "shade" plantations that produce coffee and chocolate promote greater bird diversity, although a new University of Utah study says forests remain the best habitat for tropical birds. The findings suggest that as open farmland replaces forests and "agroforests" — where crops are grown under trees — reduced number of bird species and shifts in the populations of various types of...

2011-02-24 07:10:00

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the last decade, world coffee prices have doubled while coffee farmers' wages have decreased by 24%, leaving most coffee farmers subsisting as modern-day slaves. One new company aims to change that. Our Mission Coffee (http://www.ourmissioncoffee.com) is purchasing, marketing and selling fresh-roasted coffee through cooperative marketing -- a business model that benefits everyone from small farmers to consumer. The first direct-to-consumer...

2010-03-01 06:21:00

BRACKNELL, England, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- An increasing number of coffee lovers are not aware that their choice of coffee can impact thousands of people and nature in communities thousands of miles away. There is an array of labels out there -- each pledging to the consumer that their coffee is socially and environmentally responsible. But how can you differentiate between fact and fiction? What do these labels actually mean for the farmers, workers and their families and the natural...

2008-04-01 09:01:00

BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wal-Mart today announced another first -- the launch of six coffees under its exclusive Sam's Choice brand. The new coffees offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase gourmet coffee at a great value while providing benefits to farmers, their communities and the environment. Bolstering Wal-Mart's ongoing commitment to environmental issues, these first Sam's Choice brand coffees hit store shelves in April at $5.88 for 10-12 oz. bags...

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