Has anyone heard about Coffee Rust? Just read a story about what’s happening to coffee plants in South America.
“Coffee rust first occurred in Central America in the mid-1970s, but outbreaks didn’t reach industry-threatening levels. Now they have. After the latest flowering season, rust afflicts more than 50 percent of growing areas in a belt stretching from Guatemala through Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
“Regional production fell by 15 percent last year, putting nearly 400,000 people out of work, and that’s just a taste of what’s to come. The next harvest season begins in October, and according to the International Coffee Organization, crop losses could hit 50 percent.”
“There’s increasing evidence that climate change is part of the problem. You find coffee rust striking much farther up the valleys than it used to. There’s no other plausible explanation,” Baker said. “But what happened last year, and why it was so aggressive and widespread, we’re still a bit [perplexed]. And if we don’t really know what caused it, it’s going to be hard to predict.”
Once again climate change is hitting the little things that we enjoy. What’s next–wine and beer?