The key to climate-friendly coffee production
While Arabica coffee production has been strongly affected by climate change in Latin America, it has also contributed to greenhouse gas emissions in the recent past through the conversion of large areas of coffee from agroforests to lightly shaded or full-sun production. Coffee production influences the climate in other ways as well, including the crop’s carbon footprint but also through long-term carbon storage in the surrounding vegetation of the production system. Van Rikxoort et al. have analyzed the climate impact of four main types of coffee production systems – traditional and commercial polycultures, and shaded and unshaded monocultures – and looked at ways to make coffee production more climate friendly.
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Read the peer-reviewed article: Carbon footprints and carbon stocks reveal climate-friendly coffee production by Henk van Rikxoort (UTZ Certified), Götz Schroth (Rainforest Alliance), Peter Läderach and Beatriz Rodríguez-Sánchez (CIAT).