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Research: Biodiversity and profitability in coffee agrosystems #coffee

Gordon, C., R. Manson, J. Sundberg, and A. Cruz-Angon. 2006. Biodiversity, profitability, and vegetation structure in a Mexican coffee agrosystem. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 118:256-266. This study looked at coffee grown in various types of shade in central Mexico, and any correlation between biodiversity (in birds and mammals) and profits. The conversion of plantations to sun coffee is generally believed to increase yield (and therefore profits), while the preservation of shade and forest tree species is thought to be costly in terms of decreased yield. However, the additional costs of chemical inputs and labor in sun coffee may offset any increases in yield. This study sought to examine this purported trade-off. They found no support for a trade-off between biodiversity and profitability. Biodiverse, large shade plantations were highly profitable under all pric...

Full article: http://www.coffeehabitat.com/2006/12/research_biodiv/

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