Standards

Bird Friendly Coffee

Bird Friendly Coffee

Governing Organization

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by verified bodies

Sectors Covered

Food, Beverage and Agriculture

Issues Covered

Environmental Management, Organic, Water Related

Description

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) has developed the only 100%-organic shade-grown coffee certification.  Simply put, "Bird Friendly" coffee is coffee that comes from farms in Latin America that provide good, forest-like habitat for birds. Rather than being grown on land that has been cleared of all other vegetation, "Bird Friendly" coffees are planted under a canopy of trees.  Because of the shaded, forest-like setting created by these canopy trees, coffee produced this way is called shade-grown. Not only are "Bird Friendly" coffees shade-grown, they are also organic, meaning they're grown without the use of chemical pesticides which poison the environment.

Sustainability Issues

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