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Global Warming: Measuring the Coffee Trade's Carbon Footprint

By    |   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:49 AM

Today, global warming is playing havoc with coffee and the industry itself has had to take a long, hard look at how its carbon footprint needs to be reduced. The industry has to assess these three issues in light of greenhouse gases and global warming and how they will impact the business of coffee in the coming years.

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1. Forests Destroyed, Coffee Planted
One of the most pressing issues regarding coffee production is the swathes of land required to make enough bean for a demanding world. Forests are being cut down to make way for sun-cultivated coffee and this has a domino effect. Not only does deforestation increase the issues around global warming, but also the coffee plantations themselves now become more vulnerable to erosion and poor soil quality, according to the Sustainable Business Toolkit online. To achieve a carbon-neutral status, the planting of coffee has to be completed within strict limitations and without damaging local forests and wildlife.

2. The Long Haul
From the coffee plantation to the plant to the developed world and the roasting rooms to the consumers across the countries – coffee travels a long way and leaves behind a long carbon trail. A significant amount of research has gone into the challenges around carbon emissions within the coffee supply chain and organizations are looking to solutions that can mitigate the impact, as discussed in a paper prepared for the Business Association of Latin American Studies.

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3. Agrochemicals
There are a number of different methodologies around coffee growth and harvesting and one of these is known as sun-cultivated coffee, as explained by the Sustainable Business Toolkit online. This process often results in deforestation and poor soil quality and erosion. In addition, it also tends to use pesticides and chemicals that are not good for the planet or its people. These chemicals run off into the water supply and can contaminate the food chain. This limits plant growth, which then impacts on the level of protection provided by the planet to offset global warming.

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