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By Richard Arterbury Sep. 13, 2017 , 1:00pm
Coffee is one of the first I do when I wake up in the morning and to hear that the future of coffee bean farms shrinking due to climate change is alarming. I often look for positive news however the news is not getting any better for the future of our land. With higher temperatures and many studies have recently predicted that climate change could have the amount of farmland growing coffee is decreasing daily and by 2050 and mainly due to increasing temperatures, drought, and beyond.
The Latin America ecological model, is the largest producer suggests even greater declines in both habitat for coffee and they have mentioned their farms could shrink by 88%, with particular large losses in the lowlands of Nicaragua, Honduras, and Veezuela. Researchers also examined how future climate will impact the honey bee and over 38 other bee species that pollinate coffee plants and boost yields. However conditions will improve for pollinators have increased up to 22% for future growing areas for coffee.
Coffee grows best in higher elevations. In Mexico as much as 51% of the coffee growing areas will have fewer bee species, and will have huge loss of yields, researchers are reporting nowadays. What are the solutions to help our domesticated honey bee and I hope the National Academy of Sciences will step in with solutions to help the facts we are facing.
Studies are suggesting its vital to cater to the bee populations by minimizing use of pesticides and keeping a diversity of native plants to provide food for bees. Leaving water out during the summer months can help bees have clean drinking water and by planting flowers gardens everywhere to supply the food bees species need to survive.
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