October 17, 2011
Is Coffee In Danger Of Extinction?
Starbucks sustainability chief said the company has been pushing the Obama administration over concerns about the world coffee supply being threatened by climate change, according to a report by The Guardian.
Jim Hanna told the news agency that Starbuck's coffee farmers are already seeing the effects of climate change, with severe hurricanes and bugs that are resistant to pesticides.
The report said Starbucks is part of a business coalition that has been trying to push Congress and the Obama administration to act on climate change, but has seen little success.
"Even in very well established coffee plantations and farms, we are hearing more and more stories of impacts," Hanna told The Guardian.
He said Starbucks has been working with local farmers to try to cushion them from future climate changes.
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