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Global warming might rid the world of coffee?

Posted by TheGreen on 07/25 at 01:52 AM
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Okay, so it probably won’t rid the world of coffee, but it could send the price of coffee sky high. As the National Geographic article says:

“And a new report warns that even a slight increase in temperature could wipe out Uganda’s entire coffee crop, which brings in more than half of the East African country’s revenue.”

According to the ICO website, Uganda exported 2,137,216 bags of coffee from June 2005 to May 2006. Each bag is 60 kilograms. This might seem like a lot until you compare that to the world coffee export market, which exports roughly 84,659,013 bags of coffee. This works out to Uganda accounting for 2.5% of the worlds export crop. If only Uganda has troubles, it won’t be the end of the world. Coffee will still arrive in my intravenous on a daily basis for some time to come.

Please don’t think I am not worried. It is little stories like this that keep reminding me that we need to do whatever we can to help reduce global warming. Speaking of which, my wife and I are going to make a batch of Pesto tonight. The ingredients (Basil) grow right in our garden, so no need to import it from Italy or wherever.

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