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#Coffee Farmers Battle #ClimateChange

#Coffee Farmers Battle #ClimateChange

Growing coffee is a proud, 200-year old tradition in Costa Rica. About half of Costa Rica’s coffee is produced by small farmers, many of whom run small, shade-grown coffee operations. But Costa Rica’s coffee industry is shrinking. Over the past decade, thousands of coffee farmers in Costa Rica have left the business. I help run a Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee farm myself, and I can vouch for how tricky coffee farming is. Coffee is a finicky plant, extremely sensitive to fluctuations in rainfall and temperature. The international coffee market is finicky too, unpredictable and subject to extreme fluctuations in price. Every season seems to pose a new challenge, but one trend has been marching steadily on for the past few decades: the cool mountains where coffee grows are getting warmer as a result of climate change; and in places like Costa Rica, farms lower down on ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/plehner/coffee_farmers_...

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