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World’s Coffee Supply is Threatened as Climate Change Worsens

World’s Coffee Supply is Threatened as Climate Change Worsens

It is a sad and alarming news for coffee lovers out there. Climate change is affecting the world’s coffee supply and it could become extinct in 2080, according to a report. The report came from Climate Institute, a not-for-profit organization in Australia that was commissioned by Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand. The effects of climate change to the coffee industry is a very a serious threat that even Starbucks and other major coffee companies have acknowledged it.

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    According to the report, coffee is a $19 billion dollar industry in terms of coffee exports and 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed per year. Given these large statistics, changes in the coffee-making industry will affect, and has already affected billions of people worldwide including 25 million coffee farmers.

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    The major coffee-producing countries that are already affected are Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Brazil, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. The report says that according to a study, global warming will cut the area used as coffee plantations in half in 2050.

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    How is coffee affected?

    Both coffee arabica and coffee canephora are sensitive plants. According to the study, even as little as a half degree change in temperature at the wrong time can significantly affect coffee yield, flavour, and aroma. Higher temperatures alter the growth of coffee plants and damage the coffee beans. Also, as the world’s climate keeps getting hotter, farmers will have to move areas of plantations up to higher altitudes.

    The current changing temperatures, patterns of rainfall, and incidences of pests and diseases are also already affecting coffee plants. Climate change has contributed to the birth of pests that have badly damaged coffee crops. The report states that in 2012, a plant disease called Coffee Leaf Rust disease started spreading due to high temperatures and high-altitude rains. This incident resulted to a loss of $500 million in crop damages in 2012-2013. There is also a pest called the Coffee Berry Borer that causes $500 million in crop damages annually.

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    Most of the coffee farmers are smallholders and only have coffee as their source of income. That being said, adapting to major catastrophes brought about to their crops by climate change change is extremely hard for them and most of the time, they are unprepared for it.

    What can we do to help in our own little way?

    The threat on coffee supply brought about by climate change is only one of the many catastrophic effects that can be brought by global warming. The first step towards action to prevent it is awareness. By acknowledging that it is happening, and at a fast rate, we can get our defenses up and start moving into action to stop it. After we are aware, we need to contribute what we can to prevent climate change like planting trees to counter the huge concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, recycling, avoiding using products that emit CFCs, and conserving water.

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    There are many sources out there where we can get information on what to do and not to do to prevent climate change from happening full blast. Lastly, let us spread the word. Let it reach the people that have authorities to act and implement action.

    It will be a sad day when we realize that we don’t have something that we used to have. The best way to appreciate what we have is to preserve it. Climate change is a major phenomena that not only one person can prevent – it needs to be all of us. Coffee lovers or not, let us battle climate change. We will not know how important something is until it is gone.

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    Published on October 12, 2018

    15 Flavorful and Healthy Family Meals That are Perfect for Picky Eaters

    15 Flavorful and Healthy Family Meals That are Perfect for Picky Eaters

    I think you’ll agree with me when I say that finding one meal that everyone in the family likes is a challenge!

    But as busy parents we also don’t want to have to make separate meals for the kids either. The good news is there are some amazing healthy family meals out there that are:

    • Healthy
    • Cost-effective
    • Easy top prepare
    • Great tasting
    • Sure to please kids and parents alike

    There are a lot of food and recipe sites out there, but we’ve whittled down the thousands of recipes to these top 15.

    These healthy family meals are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters and will make a great addition to your dinner table. More importantly, these winning recipes meet the challenge of today’s busy families.

    Let’s review the best healthy family meals for your picky eaters!

    1. Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers

      This recipe, courtesy of Melissa d’Arabian of The Food Network is delicious, healthy and surprisingly easy to prepare. It’s no wonder it has over 100 reviews and rates 5 stars!

      Melissa is the host of Ten Dollar Dinners and The Picky Eater’s Project. She’s also a mother of four and recent first-time cookbook author.

      This amazing recipe features:

      • Store-bought puff pastry saves a lot of time
      • Only 20 minutes prep time
      • Kids will love the “hot pocket-style” but the flavor of a traditional chicken pot pie

      ~ Check out the recipe here!

      2. Mini Meat Loaf

        This healthy family meal, courtesy of Susie Cover’s book The Supper Club: Kid-Friendly Meals the Whole Family Will Love and published on Parenting.com is a healthy option in that it can be prepared with either ground beef or turkey.

        Kids will love that these fun-sized mini meatloaves are easy to dip in ketchup. They are also perfect for packing for a school lunch or picnic.

        Susie has over 15 years as a professional chef, cookbook author, and founder of a series of prepared food companies.

        This future family staple:

        • Tastes great warm or at room temp
        • Can be formed to any size – no wasted food!
        • Can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free panko breadcrumbs

        ~ Check out the recipe here!

        3. Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta

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          This delicious and healthy mac ‘n cheese alternative comes to us from Hillary Smith over at Bon Appétit.

          Hillary is the associate marketing director at Bon Appétit, but clearly knows her way around the kitchen too. Here, Hillary does the unthinkable and gets picky eaters come back for seconds on cauliflower!

          This new family favorite:

          • Is easy to make
          • Features delicious parmesan and pine nuts
          • Roasts the cauliflower to get it tender with a deeper flavor

          ~ Check out the recipe here!

          4. Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

            This 5 star recipe is from Rachael Ray, courtesy of The Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals.

            This amazingly flavorful dish:

            • Can be made in 25 minutes
            • Is so delicious kids won’t even question eating lettuce
            • Is packed with veggies

            ~ Check out the recipe here!

            5. Eggplant Parmigiana in a Pasta Sauce

            This amazing recipe re-do comes from Ole & Shaina Olmanson and Babble is a much healthier, but just as tasty a version of traditional eggplant parmesan.

            This fantastic dinner option:

            • Cuts the fried eggplant and lengthy prep stages
            • Calls for ground beef but could easily be made vegetarian
            • Tastes even better the next day!

            ~ Check out the recipe here!

            6. Po-tacos!

              This creative reinvention of the classic taco comes from Weelicious founder Catherine and her friend Joanna. The idea is to use a baked potato split down the middle as the “shell” for your taco.

              Of course a baked potato is healthier than a fried taco shell or fat-laden tortilla. But she also gets incredibly creative with the topping options, going far beyond a typical taco.

              This new classic:

              • Has endless filling possibilities from pesto veggies to pulled pork
              • Could easily be made with sweet potatoes instead
              • Only take a whopping 10 minutes prep time!

              ~ Check out the recipe here!

              7. Crispy Chicken, Ham, and Swiss Roll-Ups

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                This tasty addition to our healthy family meals comes from Jiselle Basile over at Cooking Light. Jiselle has taken the classic ham and cheese sandwich and reinvented it as a roll-up.

                This “meaty, cheesy, moist and crunchy” treat gets healthy by going in the oven instead of into a frying pan.

                This amazing recipe:

                • Is only 351 calories per serving
                • Uses all white meat chicken and ham
                • Is low in sugar and saturated fat

                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                8. Easy 30 Minute Orange Chicken with Rice

                  This amazing redo of everyone’s favorite Chinese takeout comes from Kristen over at A Mind “Full” Mom.

                  Kristen has crafted a recipe that is not too spicy or sweet. That makes the kids happy. But it’s has enough complex flavors to have the adults coming back for seconds.

                  Healthy family meals never tasted so good!

                  This fantastic recipe:

                  • Is ready in under 30 minutes!
                  • Uses fresh orange juice
                  • Skips the fryer and the unnecessary calories

                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                  9. Noodle Pudding

                  This creative recipe, courtesy of Barbara Wener and Country Living is a great way to get kids to eat cottage cheese and cut the fat from traditional baked pasta dishes.

                  Country Living features the best food and drink recipes that are delicious and easy to prepare. The recipe was handed down to Barbara from her mother and remains a family favorite.

                  This tasty treat:

                  • Has under 400 calories per serving
                  • Will have kids gobbling it up like mac n’ cheese

                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                  10. One Pan Chicken and Potatoes with Garlic Parmesan Spinach Cream Sauce

                    The key to truly healthy family meals is getting picky eaters to eat their vegetables.

                    This fantastic recipe, courtesy of Christina Cherrier, editor at Eatwell101, does just that.

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                    Christina has crafty a yummy cream sauce that packs a flavor punch of garlic, tomato, spinach, and cheese. Even the pickiest of eaters will be back for more.

                    This amazing dish:

                    • Lightens the fat with half and half instead of cream
                    • Gets kids to eat their spinach
                    • Saves on clean up by using just 1 pan

                    ~ Check out the recipe here!

                    11. Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

                      This no-hassle lasagna recipe, comes to us from Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum.

                      Lindsay and her husband Bjork run both Pinch of Yum and Food Blogger Pro and are here to save us a boatload of time, cutting calories in the process.

                      This amazing dish:

                      • Is all done in the crockpot
                      • Is loaded with veggies
                      • Calls for uncooked lasagna noodles

                      ~ Check out the recipe here!

                      12. Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken Strips

                        All kids love chicken strips. Thankfully this classic recipe redo skips the fryer and still delivers a delicious healthy family meal.

                        Amy Roskelley, of Super Healthy Kids, walks us through the simple steps to get extra crispy chicken without the deep fryer. Amy is mom of 3 and has a background in health and nutrition and in shows!

                        This amazing dish:

                        • Skips the salt, fast & preservatives of fast food chicken nuggets
                        • Are amazingly crispy
                        • Packs 36 grams of protein per serving

                        ~ Check out the recipe here!

                        13. Sausage, Brocolli & Rice One Skillet Meal

                          This delicious weeknight staple comes to us from Kasey Schwartz over at All Things Mamma.

                          With a hungry husband who helps parent their 3 kids, Kasey knows a thing or two about healthy family meals. Her recipes are designed for busy parents looking for quick, easy and healthy meals during the school week.

                          This tasty mealtime option:

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                          • Is ready in under 30 minutes
                          • Is a great way to get kids to eat their broccoli
                          • Can be made with turkey or chicken sausage to cut the fat

                          ~ Check out the recipe here!

                          14. Baked Chicken Chimichangas

                            This simple, yet tasty Mexican-themed dinner staple comes from Christy Denney over at The Girl Who Ate Everything.

                            Christy makes healthy family meals for her husband and their 5 kids. And with 5 kids, you can bet Christy knows how to please even the pickiest of eaters.

                            This awesome dinnertime staple:

                            • Are oven baked instead of fried
                            • Can be prepared in under 15 minutes
                            • Goes great with guac and low-fat sour cream

                            ~ Check out the recipe here!

                            15. Baked Gnocchi with Sausage, Kale, and Pesto

                              This delicious baked pasta dish comes from Maria & Josh over at Two Peas and Their Pod.

                              Maria & Josh love cooking, entertaining and creating healthy family meals that are simple, fresh, and kid-friendly. We think you’ll agree!

                              This delicious dish:

                              • Is a great way to sneak kale into kid’s diets
                              • Can be prepared in under 15 minutes
                              • Cut even more fat with lower fat sausage and cheeses

                              ~ Check out the recipe here!

                              Did you find some new favorite healthy family meals here?

                              In this post, we looked at the challenge all parents face in creating healthy family meals that everyone in the family will actually eat.

                              Finding ways to overcome picky eating habits with our kids can be a challenge.

                              To help, we researched and found 15 amazing recipes that even the pickiest eaters will love and want more of. So if you’re getting resistance at the dinner table and aren’t sure where to turn, the recipes above will quickly get you what you need.

                              All the winning recipes linked above were hand-selected.

                              They are the answer to your dinner-time problems and will help all parents by removing a little bit of that stress at the end of a long day.

                              Make sure and bookmark your favorites as you’ll assuredly be back for more.

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