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Win-win

New research providing evidence for what we had good reason to believe: just as shade-grown coffee plantations are good for birds, birds are good for forested coffee plantations, especially predators of the Coffee Berry Borer Beetle (Hypothenemus hampei) like Yellow … Continue reading

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Stories I missed: 2

From April, a nice recap by Dan Charles of the many stickers and labels to be found on a virtuous bag of coffee.

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Good for the birds

Good news: coffee specifically labelled as bird-friendly, Allegro’s Early Bird blend, comes to Whole Foods Markets. It’s been a while since the departure of Counter Culture Coffee Sanctuary brand.

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Next steps

An intriguing piece from a few weeks back by Nicole LaPorte on Kenneth Lander’s THRIVE Farmers Coffee. THRIVE seeks to move beyond the fair trade co-op model, to capture more of the value added by the coffee supply chain (roasters, … Continue reading

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Some links: 62/a

Two recent articles pertaining to food labeling: First, Gustave Axelson recaps the labels vying for your attention as you shop for bird-friendly coffee. …coffee sellers don’t always advertise that their coffee is Bird Friendly. “Probably about only 10 percent of … Continue reading

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Shade-grown maize

Glover et al., in a Comment piece for Nature, recommend perenniation (intercropping perennials and trees with food crops) to boost African agriculture. One of the genera recommended is Gliricidia, leguminous trees already known for their felicitous effects in shade-grown coffee … Continue reading

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Wolf’s milk

Hooray! It’s slime mold day at BPOTD!

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Inconclusive

Morgan and Rego challenge the claims by Reichheld and crew that Net Promoter Score is the single customer satisfaction metric necessary to explain business performance. While their peer-reviewed work does identify measures (e.g., Top 2 Box Satisfaction) that do correlate … Continue reading

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Not just for coffee farms

Paul Stapleton introduces “evergreen agriculture.” In Africa, intercropping with trees of the genera Sesbania, Gliricidia, Tephrosia, and others improves yields and provides other benefits; dropped leaves from the trees provide natural fertilizer. The indigenous African acacia (Faidherbia albida) is perhaps … Continue reading

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Own closest relative

Via Leta, Carl Zimmer reviews a lot of recent research on slime molds (myxomycetes). Eye-popping photographs by Steven L. Stephenson, especially the shiny black knobby bundles of Metatrichia vesparia.

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Bank on it

Catherine A. Lindell, Ryan S. O’Connor, and Emily B. Cohen make a contribution to what we know about songbirds’ nesting success in active and abandoned coffee plantations and active pasture. Specifically, they studied White-throated Thrushes (Turdus assimlis) and Clay-colored Thrushes … Continue reading

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At the sidewalk edge

Wednesday’s rains brought out this myxomycete (slime mold), spotted on my Thursday morning walk down to the bus stop.

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Waiting for a train

Michael Schaub points to Linton Weeks’ preview of Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 and launches a zinger: (Nothing against Ayn Rand, of course. Without her, bitter nerds who like feeling superior to everyone despite the fact that their taste in prose … Continue reading

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Beauty (truth, too)

xkcd understands myxomycetes.

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But it’s high-quality glass

Laura Kammermeier makes the case, wryly, for bird-friendly coffee. (Link via Paul Baicich.)

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