You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Beer, Wine, and Liquor Climate Change Threatens Coffee Plants Climate Change Threatens Coffee Plants by Jennifer Kaplan November 13, 2012, 2:00 am According to a new study of from the U.K. Royal Botanic Gardens conducted with scientists in Ethiopia, wild Arabica coffee is “in peril” and at “high risk of extinction” because of climate change. Bloomberg News reported: Commercially produced arabica is grown from “very limited genetic stock,” meaning plants have little flexibility in coping with climate change and new threats from pests and diseases…Altered weather conditions are likely to have “a negative influence” on coffee output in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest grower. The Royal Botanic Gardens study used bioclimatic modeling to predict the present and future distribution of indigenous Arabica. Researchers modeled for three emission scenarios (high medium, low) over three time intervals (2020, 2050, 2080). Modeling showed a “profoundly negative influence” on indigenous Arabica with the most favorable outcomes ranging from 38% to 65% reductions in the number of pre-existing bioclimatically suitable localities for Arabica. Worst case scenarios predicted from 90% to almost 100% reductions by 2080. Coffee photo via Shutterstock See more Previous article Beyond Recycling: On the Road to Zero Waste Next article Weather Systems Converge to Cause Venice Floods (Photos) Written by Jennifer Kaplan Jennifer Kaplan is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for Insteading (and EatDrinkBetter.com before the two sites merged) and is the author of Greening Your Small Business. She was also named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster, and an MBA – follow her on Twitter. instagram linkedin twitter Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.