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A Brewing Storm

A Brewing Storm

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, November 3, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, sustainability, art and design, environment, climate change

                               Classic European Latte (credit: Wikipedia)

Storm clouds are gathering for the world's coffee producers and consumers. The Climate Institute, an Australian research orgainzation, has just published A Brewing Storm presenting their findings on the consequences of increased tempertures to countries where coffee is grown and exported. The climate impact will affect coffee consumers everywhere.

According to their announcement:

"world coffee production has more than trippled since the 1960s and now supplies a $US19 billion market that grows at a 5% increase in consumption annually. Between 80-90% of the 25 million coffee growers are small farmers living and working in the ‘bean belt’ comprising developing countries, such as Guatemala, Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Indonesia. Climate change threatens their world."


                                                       Coffee Production Infographic (credit: A Brewing Storm, the Climate Institute)

The new report's findings include: 1. areas suitable for growing coffee could halve by 2050; 2. coffee production could move away from the equator coming in conflict with other land use; 3. increased temperatures and rainfall have already increased disease and pests affecting yields and quality; 4. small coffee farmers will loose employment and income; 5. by 2080 wild coffee, an important genetic resource, could become extinct.

The impact of climate change on Costa Rican coffee production is already being felt by growers.

The Institute researchers concluded: 

“Companies such as Starbucks and Lavazza, as well as the International Coffee Organisation, have already acknowledged the severity of climate risks. Now, global consumers are likely to face supply shortages, impacts on flavor and aromas, and rising prices.”

That's not a good cup of coffee!



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