Northwest Shade Coalition

Posted by Robert Rice on February 20, 2007

Robert Rice and Russ Greenberg, scientists at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, traveled to Seattle, Washington, to deliver the keynote address at the ten-year anniversary conference of the Northwest Shade Coalition on February 17 and 18.

The coalition, consisting of environmentalists, coffee importers, roasters, and retailers, formed after Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists brought the issue of endorsing shade-grown coffee as a means of protecting the wintering areas of migratory birds, to Seattle Audubon in the mid-1990s.

The Northwest Shade Coalition is examining new approaches to bird conservation including the possibility of endorsing certification of shade-coffee farms, for example as used in the Bird Friendly® coffee program.

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