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kleinbl00  ·  942 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Blueprint for Coffee in a Changing Climate

...not such a helpful blueprint.

1)

    The IPCC predicts that the continued production of greenhouse gases at current rates will lead to global temperature increases of between 0.5 and 8.7 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century.

2)

    IPCC ESTIMATES AGRICULTURE’S SHARE OF ANTHROPOGENIC

    EMISSIONS WORLDWIDE ATTRIBUTES ROUGHLY 25% OF THE GLOBAL GREENHOUSE GAS BURDEN.

( WRI puts it at 13%, but whatever)

3) Coffee is at #23 on this list.

Pretty much anybody who studies the problem will tell you that "greenhouse gas reduction" and "agriculture" begins and ends with curbing the production of red meat. Full stop. That WRI link above puts beef and fertilizer at 65% of the greenhouse gas contribution of agriculture; coffee is a perennial which automatically puts its fertilizer usage well below row crops. Yet the SCAA's recommendations for "coffee in a changing climate" are all along the lines of "if we pitch in we can fix this!" (as well as some unhealthy slagging on customers) rather than "when Kenya becomes eight degrees warmer you're gonna be buying coffee outta South Carolina, best get your contracts in order."