Tuesday 25 October 2016

Coffee could be eradicated by the end of the century

Published 10/05/2016 | 11:47


Intensive farming and climate change will eradicate coffee beans by the end of the century, scientists have predicted.

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A new report, which involved the collaboration of more than 80 scientists, warned that two thirds of the land currently used to produce coffee in Africa will be “unviable” by 2100.

New plantations will need to be established to prevent coffee production becoming a thing of the past, as environmentalists predict that drought will be the main factor affecting the world’s leading coffee producing countries such as Ethiopia and Brazil.

"The results show that coffee farming in Ethiopia is likely to be drastically affected by climate change, and that the impact will be location specific," the study says.

New coffee plantations established at higher altitudes could help continue coffee production into the next century.

Coffee isn’t the only crop which scientists fear will be threatened and experts believe bananas, kidney beans and sweetcorn will be affected.

More than 143 million 60kg bags of coffee were produced globally in 2016, and countries including Canada, Japan and Norway had the highest demand.

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