Climate change will no longer be a discussion about the possible nature of its affects for many New Yorkers when it become prohibitively expensive to buy a cup of coffee in the morning. New Yorkers are the biggest coffee drinkers in the nation so it comes as bad news that climate change in far off countries means there is a rising rate of rust in coffee crops not to mention millions more berry borer beetles chomping through coffee crops.
Starbucks, see the video, are already looking ahead to how they safeguard their long term supply chain but the most important point is that when New Yorkers can’t buy their coffee, chocolate or beef except at very high prices it all become shockingly real. It all goes to the interdependence of the world’s agricultural and production industries and how climate change which affects agricultural production in some other part of the world translates into how expesnive a cup of coffee is in NYC.
The everyday challenges of life on our very own patch can often require a lot of effort. The effort that is going to be required to monitor and support the sustainable growing of crops overseas is the following: the need to elect polticians who are sensibily alert to the issues involved and the need provide support for non profit organizations who are willing to put in effort required to keep us all fully informed about what is at stake here, in impacts on our current lifestyle. Coffee drinking is important and so are the farmers whoa re growing the crops which make our coffee drinking possible.