Protecting our Pollinators

March 2, 2021
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We Value Sustainability

At Minas Espresso, we strive to treat everybody with the love and respect we would like to receive in return. These values apply to our customers, our farmers, and the environment. Minas Espresso is dedicated to long-term fair trade for our farmers in Minas Gerais, Brazil, which shortens the supply chain and ensures our farmers have excellent working conditions and receive the highest wages possible. We are also extremely committed to the preservation of land and sustainable farming practices. Practicing sustainable farming includes recognizing when we need to step up and take action to protect the environment, and preserve the pollinators living in it that make growing high-quality coffee possible.

Bee Friendly Farming

We’re so proud to announce that Minas Espresso has officially received our Bee Friendly Farming Certification with the Pollinator Partnership. This program helps protect bees and other essential pollinators through collaboration with farmers and businesses who are willing to make beneficial changes to their farming practices. To become Bee Friendly Farming Certified, Minas Espresso supplies pollinator-friendly plants on at least 3% of our land. We ensure there are a variety of flowering plants on our land throughout the growing season, as well as a constant clean water source for the bees. We provide permanent habitat for nesting, such as hedgerows and natural brush, and we also practice Integrated Pest Management—this reduces, or completely eliminates, the use of harmful chemicals. Minas Espresso is delighted that our company has been so hard at work making changes to help create a world in which our pollinators can thrive.

Why are Pollinators So Important?
Pollinators are the driving force of the world’s ecosystems and economy. To put it simply, without pollinators, humans would be unable to survive on this earth. The Pollinator Partnership has found that between 75-95% of flowering plants and over 1,200 crops need pollinators to survive. One out of every three bites of food you eat is made possible because of pollinators. If pollinators disappear, humans would have significantly less food to sustain ourselves, and most of the foods we eat everyday would no longer have a place in our diets. These crops add 217 billion dollars to the global economy each year, and many of these dollars are directly correlated with honey bee pollinated crops. In addition to being essential to plant growth and agriculture, bees are also essential to supporting a healthy overall ecosystem—pollinators support wildlife, clean the air, and stabilize soils.

In recent years, the population of pollinators, especially honey bees, has been rapidly decreasing. This is, in part, due to the destruction of habitat where they feed and nest, pollution from the use of chemicals and pesticides, the changing climate, and disease. This should be concerning to everyone, because if too many pollinators die out, there would be a rippling effect throughout all of the world’s ecosystems that would catastrophically affect the environment, economy, and the everyday life of humans. While the problem of decreasing bee populations is not something that can be fixed overnight, there are simple actions you can take to do your part and help save the pollinators.
How You Can Help

    1. Plant Flowers
A habitat with access to a variety of flowers and fresh water is necessary for bees to survive. A great way you can help the bee population is to plant flowers in your yard. Whether you live on a farm, in the suburbs, or in the city, bees are needed everywhere... and if there are flowers, the bees will come. Planting flowers creates a symbiotic relationship between humans and bees. This is because bees are receiving a safe habitat to feed and nest, and we receive larger, healthier crops and cleaner air in return. The first day of spring is coming up quickly on March 20th. You’ll want to start thinking about what flowers to plant now, so you’re prepared for the beginning of bee season! Here are a few examples of flowers that bees love to get you started:
- Sunflowers
- Hostas
- Coneflowers
- Bee Balm
- Goldenrod

    2. Provide Water
Since bees require fresh water to survive, an easy way you can help them is to provide them with a source of clean water. If you have a bird bath in your garden, make sure you keep it full, and refresh it every few days. Another great option is creating a fountain or pond with a bubbler to keep the water circling. If you don’t have the time or resources, though, you can always put a bowl of clean water outside, and the pollinators are sure to find it in no time.

    3. Support Sustainable Companies
One of the easiest ways you can help save the pollinators is to support sustainable companies like Minas Espresso, who are committed to growing their product in a way that fosters the long-term health of both their farmers and the environment. When you purchase coffee from Minas Espresso, you can feel good about it with the knowledge that you’re contributing to the growth of a business whose values match yours, and whose mission is dedicated to preserving the animals and land that make growing delicious coffee possible.
Keep an eye out for our April blog to learn more about the exciting things happening on our very own Bee Friendly Farm in Brazil! In the meantime, be sure to check out all of our delicious and sustainably grown Brazilian coffee varieties. Starting your morning off with a steaming hot cup of Minas Espresso is sure to help get your—and the bees’—day off to a great start!

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