22 Apr '15, 11pm

Don't follow the frog. Rainforest Alliance Certified is certified greenwashing.

Don't follow the frog. Rainforest Alliance Certified is certified greenwashing.

Jack, you make an interesting point. I have heard from a couple of other producers who were willing to get shade certification that there just wasn't help on the ground to assist them in making the grade. I don't know how pervasive this is, but if true it is certainly a problem! I'd suggest a couple of avenues. First, try the Ecuadorian coffee organization, CORECAF. They should provide some technical assistance. Even if the goal isn't to get certified, it seems to me that Rainforest Alliance or Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center could point you to resources. My contact at SMBC is Robert Rice (http://tinyurl.com/ynuv82 ). If you can visit or access a university or research library, try searching the literature under "coffee and yield" and similar terms. I am working on a large coffee bibliography and there has been work done on various shade management schemes and their effe...

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