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Ethiopia: Ethiopica (aka Arabica) coffee could go extinct in 70 years, study warns

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11/11/12

  12:42:01 am, by admin, 176 words  
Categories: Coffee

Ethiopia: Ethiopica (aka Arabica) coffee could go extinct in 70 years, study warns

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Climate Change May Raise Coffee Prices, Lower Quality

Wild Arabica coffee (aka Ethiopica) could go extinct in 70 years, study warns.

In a world that drinks 1.6 billion cups each day, the prospect probably gives a lot of us the jitters. But a new study led by London's Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, warns that, thanks to climate change, the most consumed coffee species, Arabica, could be extinct in the wild by 2080.

Calm down; things aren't quite as black as you might think. The study is about wild coffee plants, while the stuff in our cups is brewed from their domesticated descendants. Still, wild losses leave cultivated crops genetically vulnerable to a host of enemies, which could ultimately lead to lower quality and higher prices for coffee consumers.

"Arabica's history is punctuated by problems with diseases, pests, and productivity problems—and growers have always gone back to the wild and used genetic diversity to address them," said Aaron Davis, head of RGB Kew's coffee research program.

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3 comments

Comment from: usfu [Visitor]
usfu

A number of coffee conservation and research fund has been obtained from Germany, Bonn under ZEF program. This amount of fund are partially managed by Dr Tadesse W/mariam in cooperation with ZEF. If someone is asking me the impact of this project beyond it was corrupted and meant to build their own home, buy luxurious car to lead their own life, I have no clue at all. Of course, this program have been running in the form of NGO. The worest thing is gov’t has hardly paying an attention to this forest areas because the NGO is operating.

The final consequences is deforestation and climatic effects on the coffee. I don’t know why gov’t is unable to close that program and make them an accountable for their negligence that caused damage on that coffee.

11/11/12 @ 04:05
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

Usfu

Wake up man! You seem to me dreaming in wild zoo.

11/11/12 @ 10:56
Comment from: Getachew [Visitor]
Getachew

I am in a panic mood!. The news that the naive “wild” variety of coffee (aka Ethiopica) faces extinction in 70 years is disturbing. Unless conservation measures are taken immediately, the short time the study predicts can result in the loss of biodiversity as well as prove to be costly as genetically modified (GM) variety are introduced.

11/13/12 @ 19:23

rebtel

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