We have discussed the notion of elephant-friendly tea with the people at the University of Montana who pioneered the idea. Now, as you can read here, their elephant-friendly tea is on sale in America.
As the reporter here writes, "The farm-to-cup program means that tea growers who practice elephant-friendly techniques, such as not installing deep and narrow irrigation ditches that kill baby elephants, can get certification. And conservation-minded consumers in places like Missoula can find the Certified Elephant Friendly Tea at local companies like the Lake Missoula Tea Company, Café Dolce and the Good Food Store."
We think the idea merits consideration for coffee farmers, too. As we report in "Elephants in the Coffee," some elephants now live within the coffee plantations. They have food and water there, and shade from the sun.
The elephant-friendly certification is one way that farmers and others can say, "We will work to live with elephants, so that we all can have good lives."
Look for elephant-friendly tea. One day, perhaps, you fill find elephant-friendly coffee, too.
Dr. Thomas Grant
Professor of Journalism at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College