We are the World Blogfest is here with its seventh edition.
To spread peace and humanity on social media, a few of us have worked together to create the We are the World Blogfest. In a world where news and social media are awash with negativity, we aim to turn the focus on to small but significant stories that renew our faith in humanity.
The co-hosts for the August 2017 WATWB are: Michelle Wallace , Shilpa Garg, Andrea Michaels, Peter Nena, Emerald Barnes
Please go and visit them– they’ve been doing a wonderful job of cohosting the #WATWB behind the scenes.
Would you try wildlife-friendly coffee ?
In the spirit of “In Darkness, Be Light,” I’d like to share the story of Avinash Sosale and Dr. Krithi Karanth, the Indian husband and wife team who have founded Wild Kaapi, a unique endeavour to make wildlife-friendly coffee. Dr. Karanth has decades of wildlife study and conservation experience behind her, and Sosale is an entrepreneur and coffee lover. In India, where wildlife cover and biodiversity is disappearing at an alarming rate, the world’s first ‘certified wildlife-friendly’ coffee brand is a heartening initiative.
“Wild Kaapi started as an offshoot of a three-year research project (part of a grant by the National Science Foundation to study coffee, areca and rubber plantations in the Western Ghats). Karanth, of the Centre for Wildlife Studies — with Paul Robbins of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr Ashwini Chhatre of University of Illinois — measured biodiversity, and studied labour practices and market dynamics of the farming areas.
During the project, she interacted with over 1,000 planters in the three coffee growing areas of Karnataka — Kodagu, Chikmagalur, and Hassan — and realised how frustrated they were “because they weren’t getting value for their coffee due to the middlemen involved”. That’s when the idea for Wild Kaapi originated, and the duo is now exploring new ways to get a premium price for products that support wildlife.”
Since they ship internationally, and maintain excellent quality standards, I’m planning an order soon. I shall let the coffee-lover in the family try it out, and do my best to support this fledgling company that has such a laudable mission statement:
‘The idea behind setting up Wild Kaapi was to find a way to keep them wildlife friendly, reduce deforestation, minimize the usage of chemical inputs, implement good labour practices and at the same incentivize the process for the farmers.’
If you found this piece of news heartening, and would like to take part in this blogfest, sign up in the WE ARE THE WORLD Blogfest Linky List below and please help spread the word on social media via the hashtag #WATWB.
- Keep your post to below 500 words.
- All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love and humanity.
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- We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
- Add your post HERE so we can all find it quickly.
#WATWB also wants to link to charities supported by the co-hosts, and you could choose to donate to some of them or add links to local charities you support. Here’s the organization I’ve come to love and support: PROJECT WHY— and here’s one of my previous posts on the work they do. Feel free to send them a little of your help– every little bit counts.
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