An Illustration of a shade grown coffee plantation.
If a shot of espresso is a necessary component of your early bird routine, here is yet another personal pleasure you can feel guilty about. Growing coffee entails cutting down the canopy trees and growing coffee plants under full sun. These "sun coffee" farms provide little or no bird habitat and pollute the environment because they require large amounts of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. There is an alternative emerging as shade grown coffee plantations are sprouting up.
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