Skip to comments.Climate change could lower the quality of your coffee
Posted on 06/22/2017 5:26:05 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
What will it take for people to care about climate change? For some, the thought of a crummier cup of coffee in the morning just might do it.
A new study finds that Ethiopia, the world's fifth-largest coffee producer, could lose up to 60% of its suitable farming land by the end of this century because of climate change.
The study, published Monday in Nature Plants, found the combination of low rainfall and rising temperatures could have substantial effects on the coffee-growing areas in the country.
According to a report from World Coffee Research, the demand for coffee will have doubled by 2050, but the suitable land to grow it on will be cut in half.
And the effects of climate change don't just lower how much coffee is produced -- they can also hamper its quality.
In areas with lower temperatures, coffee quality is generally higher, World Coffee Research spokeswoman Hanna Neuschwanker told CNN.
"The problem is coffee producers aren't paid enough, so helping them adapt to a very difficult complex, changing situation like you see with climate change and extreme weather events is very, very difficult to do," Neuschwanker said.
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I’m pretty sure that’s hot cocoa, not coffee.
And for this reason we should put limits on our industry that will cripple them, while china and india have none. /sarc
1/2 tablet of “Jet-Alert” will restore your expectations. Dollar General, $3 for 100 I cut in half.
Wimen and chil’run will suffer most.
High demand and tight supply sounds like a great investment opportunity.
That's an ambitious projection. Trends can change. Will there even still be baristas in the year 2525, I mean 2050?
The Washington Post ("Helping Democracy Die in Darkness") informed us the other day that rats and other vermin are flooding into peoples' bedrooms because of the fraction of a degree of recent global warming.
There might be a credibility issue here.
No doubt this defense for GLOBAL WARMING came from STARBUCKS.
Another global warming doom story starting off with “could”.
“The problem is coffee producers aren’t paid enough”
Apparently those fair trade Star-Bucks don’t trickle down to Juan Valdez harvesting the coffee beans.
If a cup of coffee at Starbucks today is $3-8, how much will it be in 2050? $10-20 a cup?
herb tea would have been my second guess.
The hubris of anyone that wants to predict things a century in the future should disqualify them from intelligent society.
Do they pay people to write this Climate Change drivel? I think I could write a simple AI program to generate it for cheap. Make a long database of Bad Things That Might Happen, select one at random to pour into some alarmist boilerplate, and voila!
Ah was nowhere near the place ...
Ethiopian coffee? Shades of Starvin Marvin.
I’ll stick with Colombian, thank you.
Meh. I’m waiting for Siberian oranges and Alaskan coffee.
And also for this reason, someday the UN could mandate air conditioning components and refrigerants that make A/C totally unaffordable for all but the very rich?
No thanks. I'll take my chances on having to deal with crappy coffee.
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