Coffee, Communities, and Conservation: How Your Cup Can Make a Difference

October 26, 2016
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Amanda Rodewald, Garvin Professor of Ornithology and Director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab discusses how shade-coffee and other agroforestry practices can support bird conservation, healthy ecosystems, and human communities in Latin America. She explains that when coffee is grown under trees, a greater variety of products end up being produced (e.g., coffee, fruits, firewood, lumber, and medicines), and at the same time, the intact forest cover supports biodiversity, and reduces erosion and chemical use compared to other intensive agricultural systems. Neotropical Migratory birds rely heavily upon shade-coffee farms.

The talk took place on October 3, 2016. It is part of the Cornell Lab’s long-running Monday Night Seminar series, a tradition established decades ago by Lab founder Dr. Arthur Allen. If you enjoyed this seminar, check this page for our list of future speakers—we’ll note which upcoming talks will be livestreamed—or come visit us in person!

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