SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A new study shows coffee farmers could lose half of the suitable land for cultivation due to warming temperatures and extreme weather.
Jenifer Abreu sits down with Meteorologist Elisa Raffa to explore this topic.
Elisa visited a local coffee shop to see how this is affecting the farmers they buy their coffee beans from in Brazil.
Below is part of her report:
“Over half of Americans drink coffee every day, on average three cups a day – that’s 66 billion cups a year! And even just here in Springfield, one of our own local coffee shops, Coffee Ethic, roasts 400-600 pounds of beans a week.
Aside from tap water, coffee is America’s most consumed beverage.
But a new study shows that as temperatures warm and heavy rain and drought become more extreme due to climate change, the coffee crop is at risk.
In fact, even if we make dramatic cuts to our greenhouse gas emissions, that 2015 study found in the climatic change journal, says we could still lose over 40% of land suitable for coffee beans by 2050 – just 30 years from now. If no emissions are cut at all, that loss nears 60 percent.
The research study by Humbolt University featured in this story: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-014-1306-x
More information from the Climate Institute: http://www.climateinstitute.org.au/coffee.html
Quick, easy-to-understand article on coffee & climate change from Climate Central: http://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/resources/roasted-coffee-at-risk