That morning cup of coffee could soon be $20 (U.S.).
Rising global temperatures and subtle changes in seasonal conditions could make 99.7 per cent of Arabica-growing areas unsuitable for the plant by 2080, according to a new study by researchers from Kew Gardens. Although commercial growers could still grow their own crops by watering and artificially cooling them, the wild type has much greater genetic diversity which is essential to help plantations overcome threats like pests and disease. Coffee researcher Aaron Davis spoke to KCRW's Good Food about the affect global warming is having on coffee growing regions. The interview aired on March 1, 2013 on KCRW. All rights belong to KCRW.
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