Shade-grown coffee is sometimes called "bird friendly coffee," but a new paper in the journal Current Biology suggests that the plantations also help maintain the genetic diversity of native tree species. "Shade-grown" refers to the way coffee has been traditionally farmed. On shade-grown plantations, coffee shrubs have been planted in the shade of tall trees, making excellent homes for birds and other forest-dwelling wildlife. Study author Shalene Jha discusses the research and its implications.
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