A bean from the past could save the world from a bleak coffee future

TORONTO —
The relationship between coffee and the environment is, well, complicated.

One recent study suggests that coffee is good for the planet – at least, in the sense that it can help trees grow faster.

However, the planet isn’t exactly returning the favour. It is estimated that within 30 years, about 50 per cent of current coffee-growing lands will be too hot to support that activity.

Fearing a major disruption to the world’s coffee supply, which would no doubt drastically increase prices, scientists are looking to the past to ensure copious coffee in the future.

CTV News Science and Technology Specialist Dan Riskin explains what they’ve found, and when it might affect your morning cup, in this week’s Riskin Report.

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