Sep 12 th, 2017
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Climate change threatens Latin America coffee producers

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Climate change is threatening the Latin American zones most favorable for growing coffee, according to a study out Monday that warns production could drop by nearly 90 percent by 2050.

The study suggests high-quality coffees are most at risk – with Arabica coffee unable to withstand even slight fluctuations in temperature, humidity and sunlight.

Robusta coffee, grown primarily in Africa to be made into instant coffee, is slightly more resistant.

“Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities on Earth, and needs a suitable climate and pollinating bees to produce

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