A World Without Coffee Might Happen Sooner Than You Think
Nov 14, 2012 13:33
Here's reason to take global warming a bit more seriously guys;
According to a study by London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, climate change
could spell doom for the world’s coffee supply!
Seeing as that 70 percent of global coffee production (i.e. Arabica coffee) grows in cloud forests that are particularly sensitive to environmental changes, the researchers decided to visit the Boma Plateau in South Sudan to assess the possibility of growing the plant there in the future.
When they arrived, they disheartened to find the wild varieties on which cultivated Arabica depend to remain resistant to disease were already in danger of dying off:
The prospects are "profoundly negative," the study concluded [for Arabica]. Even in a best-case scenario, two-thirds of the suitable growing locations would disappear by 2080—and at worst, nearly 100 percent. And that's factoring in only climate change, not deforestation.
In short, wild Arabica essentially wouldn't survive if the world continues to heats up, which in turn would affect supply and demand. Although there other variants such as Robusta coffee that are more
resistant to global warming, the strong taste would likely make the
drink unpalatable to many coffee drinkers. Curse you, climate change!
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