May 8, 2006
Coffee documentary featuring UCSC screens
The documentary film Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake Up Call
illustrates the links between social justice and environmental
conservation in the production of shade-grown coffee by small-scale
growers. It also highlights the partnership among UCSC, the
Santa Cruz community, the Community Agroecology Network (CAN),
and communities in Central America and Mexico.
Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake Up Call tells the
story of Costa Rican farmers and their collaboration with
UCSC students, researchers, and consumers.
The film will be screened as part of an "Intercultural
Cafe" on Monday, May 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Classroom
Unit 2. The event will begin with a Fair Trade Marketplace from
5:30 to 7 p.m., during which local social-justice organizations
will share information and merchants will sell fair-trade products.
The film will begin at 7 p.m.
Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake Up Call tells the story
of Costa Rican farmers and their collaboration with UCSC students,
researchers, and consumers. Members of the UCSC community are
featured in the documentary, much of which was filmed on the
Following the film, Jacqueline Jimenez Herrera of Costa Rica
will participate in a discussion of the "coffee crisis."
Coffee is the second-most-traded commodity in the world after
oil, according to Congressman Sam Farr. The worldwide plunge
of coffee prices in 2001 triggered an economic crisis among
many rural coffee-dependent communities around the globe and
sparked efforts to build coalitions between coffee consumers
and producers to offer farmers a greater share of the profits
of their labor.
CAN, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Cruz, works directly
with five coffee-producing communities in Mexico and Central
America to develop ecologically sound and socially just coffee
production practices. UCSC Dining Services now buys much of
its coffee from CAN partner communities as part of the campus's
The "Intercultural Cafe" is presented by CAN and
the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) with cosponsorship
by UCSC Dining Services, the Environmental Studies Department,
and College Eight. For more information, call (831) 459-3619.