Faced with climate change coffee needs bees

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Espresso is in danger: Global warming threatens up to 88% of Latin American plantations of coffee.

Indeed, studies have shown that climate change is likely to affect agriculture: changes in temperature and rainfall may reduce production in some areas while making new places suitable for the crop. Especially, mountainous areas will become breeding ground where temperatures should be able to sustain not only coffee cultivation but also more vigorous populations of bees.

Not everything seems lost: a key role could be playd by bees.

Times like this when agricultural production is threatened by climate change, ecosystem services provided by forests, pollination at first, can help farmers cope and adapt. An international study published by the journal Pnas suggest that: for the first time there is an analyis of the “global waming” impact not only on coffee plantations but on pollinating bees too.

No bees, no more coffee plantations, no more espresso.

“If there are bees in coffee plants,” explains the study’s lead author, Pablo Imbach of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), “these are very efficient and good at pollination”, so this would lead to increase productivity and weight of grains. Several species of bees presence could be an unexpected lifeline.

This is happening while the wholesale trades and the online shops are growing fast.

Photo: Pietro Bianchi Marzoli