20 Sep '17, 6pm

How to fight climate change with what you eat

There was a time when shade-grown coffee was a rarity, but the mainstreaming of Fair Trade and direct-trade coffee has brought with it the mainstreaming of the "shade-grown" label. What does it mean? It's actually the most natural way to cultivate coffee, a plant that grows in the understory of forests in the wild. Farmers will either grow their coffee under the original canopy, or they will recreate a canopy using more conventional agroforestry crops. While sun-grown (treeless) coffee farms may produce more in the short term, shade-grown coffee plants produce what some consider a tastier product and require lower inputs of fertilizers and pesticides. Shade-grown also sequesters a whole lot more carbon. According to the Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute , one study on Indonesian shade‐grown coffee showed 58 percent more total carbon stock in soil ...

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