Have you had a coffee today?
We’re willing to bet the majority of you have or will at some point today. As a follow-up question; do you know where that coffee came from?
This is a question that far too many of us have been unable to answer for far too long. With the rise in fair trade practices in the coffee industry, conditions have improved dramatically for those in coffee producing countries. While this is fantastic news and is terribly important to us as humans, we also must be mindful of the environment in these tropical locales as well.
Traditionally produced in extremely shaded areas, sheltered by the canopy of trees above, coffee plants have been engineered to not only be more productive but to no longer require such conditions. The advent of high yielding, sun-tolerant coffee bushes was great for the business folks in the industry but negatively affected the wildlife and natural environments that were once coffee plant havens.