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Starbucks: Global Warming Is Hurting Coffee

By Brad Johnson on October 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

"Starbucks: Global Warming Is Hurting Coffee"

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In an interview with the Guardian, the sustainability director of Starbucks, Jim Hanna, said that the company’s coffee bean suppliers, “who are mainly in Central America, were already experiencing changing rainfall patterns and more severe pest infestations” because of global warming pollution. “Even in very well established coffee plantations and farms, we are hearing more and more stories of impacts,” with worse droughts, storms, and floods. “What we are really seeing as a company as we look 10, 20, 30 years down the road – if conditions continue as they are – is a potentially significant risk to our supply chain, which is the Arabica coffee bean,” Hanna said. Starbucks is a founding member of the climate group BICEP, which will launch a new campaign next month “showcasing their own action against climate change.”

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