Bird-Friendly logo Bird Friendly is a certification made by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC), which is a part of the National Zoo situated in Washington, D.C. Bird Friendly standards are the strictest of the third-party environmental standards. Certified coffees have this seal.

What are the environmental standards?

The SMBC requires that makers meet the requirements for organic certification first, and after that meet extra criteria to guarantee they are keeping up the forest cover that gives living space to birds and other wildlife. Subsequently, Bird Friendly coffee offers all the environmental advantages of organic coffee.

The extra standards, require at least 40 percent conceal coverage and also make a plan for the diversity and size of trees that make up the forest covering. These standards guarantee a range of living spaces that supports a wealth of wildlife. Researches by biologists have discovered that a shade coffee plantation is home to nearly as much biodiversity as untouched forest.

What are the labor standards?

The Bird-Friendly standards are not expected to address labor conditions, however, the requirement for organic certification creates a few advantages for workers, as depicted in the organic coffee area.

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What's the downside?

There are costs required, likewise with any of the third-party certification programs. Much of the time, the impediment to Bird-Friendly certification isn't with the SMBC's requirements, however, with the trouble and cost of getting organic certification, which may require long stretches of exertion and costs before there is any arrival for the producer.

In 2007, the SMBC changed its principles with the goal that Bird Friendly certification of coffee ranches keeps going three years, rather than one. The SMBC sensibly takes note of that forest spread changes little starting with one year then onto the next, and diminishing the number of inspections helps control costs for the ranchers. The homestead still should be inspected yearly for organic certification.

One downside for the consumer is that Bird Friendly coffee can be elusive.