Thursday, April 22, 2010
This Coffee's For the Birds and Earth Day
The name of the first article I had published is "This Coffee Is For the Birds", way back in 1999.
What is this all about? Well, when you buy organic or shade grown coffee you are helping the environment and in particular, the song birds in your garden.
The coffee in the photo is sold by www.thanksgivingcoffee.com
Many song birds migrate south for the winter to South America or Africa, and this is where coffee is grown. The older way of growing the coffee plants is bird friendly, while mass produced coffee plantations are harsh on the environment. Organic coffee plants grow in shade provided by native trees, which makes a richer habitat for birds and animals.
Gigantic coffee plantations provide no tree or bush cover for song birds and other wildlife, and the huge plantations use a lot of harmful chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides!
My husband and I purchase organic or shade grown coffee beans. They may cost a bit more but we love our planet and we love our birds.
Natural food stores, your local grocery chain, Costco, and online stores like Audubon, will sell you organic coffee, and also organic tea! My husband and I found large bags of organic coffee beans at Costco that are very inexpensive.