Saving the rainforest, one sip at a time
Coffee in its Arabica form is a thirsty, shade-loving tree, mostly found in the tropics within regions rich in biodiversity.
Consciously grown, it can support native trees towering above it, continuation of habitat teaming with life and requiring only its composted fruit returned to the soil for fertiliser.
Sadly, all too often, forests are stripped, coffee inter-planted with guavas and bananas for shade and additional income sources, biodiversity suffers, species move out of the area and chemical additives are added into the soil to promote good harvests. Conventional coffee has become one of the most chemically treated agricultural products in the world. And as humanity’s demand for coffee keeps growing so too does the land required for its growth.
Climate change is significantly threatening the future of coffee; farmers speak first-hand of increasingly challenging conditions, stronger sun, poorer soils and erratic rainfall.
Find out from Venezuela's leading conservation biologist and chair of the Species Survival Commission how conservation efforts are saving endangered species - from sea turtles and tree kangaroos to one of the world's rarest pines - and hear about his vision for enhancing conservation capacity around the world. Screening from Thursday 1 April.
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