Baby, it’s cold outside, but it’s getting warmer.
British and Ethiopian scientists have conducted a joint study and are predicting that coffee could become extinct in 70 years due to climate change! Wild Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica) was the subject of the study. Apparently these coffee plants are not very adaptable when it comes to climate changes. This particular strain is important to coffee production because of its considerable genetic diversity. Coffee trees only thrive under certain conditions; hence, there is a limited group of countries that may provide large supplies of the product. These top exporters of coffee are Brazil, Germany, Colombia, Vietnam, Guatemala, Indonesia and Mexico. All of these countries, except Germany, are located between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
I guess this should surprise no one, as we can see strange things happening in our own gardens these days. Hopefully studies like this will encourage scientists to develop strategies for the survival of Arabica in the wild as well as all of our flora & fauna.
To learn more about this study, check out this story. Thanks to Terri for finding this interesting article.