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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 March 22, 2019

    14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go

    14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go

    Greasy hamburgers at lunch or a buttered bagel is not everyone’s idea of a dream lunch. Healthy eating is important but not always so easy when you have little time on your hands. You may be forced to eat snacks that you do not enjoy in a rush.

    However, there are recipes that do not involve spending a lot of time or having special culinary skills. Try these 14 healthy easy recipes for busy people on the go.

    1. Green Salads

      Photo credit: bake your day

      Salads are super easy to make and require no cooking at all. Just chop up the ingredients and put it in a Tupperware and you are good to go. You can make a lot at once and keep for later.

      Ingredients:

      • Kale
      • Lemon
      • Olive oil
      • Salt
      • Pepper

      How to make it:

      1. Chop kale into small bite-size pieces. Squeeze out the lemon juice and whisk in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
      2. Toss kale in the mix and add bean sprouts or cheese

      2. Chickpea Slaw

        Photo credit: Unsweetened Caroline

        Ingredients:

        • ¼ cup plain yogurt
        • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
        • 1 tbsp. water
        • Salt
        • Black pepper
        • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
        • 2 ½ cups of sliced green cabbage
        • 2 stalks celery (sliced)
        • 2 shredded carrots
        • 2 tbsps. sesame seeds (toasted)

        How to make it:

        1. Stir together yogurt, vinegar, water, salt, and pepper.
        2. Add in chickpeas, cabbage, celery, and carrots.
        3. Toss and sprinkle in sesame seeds.

        3. Juice Your Greens

          Photo credit: Loving it Vegan

          Ingredients:

          • A handful of kale
          • A handful of cabbage
          • A handful of parsley
          • A stalk of celery
          • An apple or a pear

          How to make it:

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          1. Place the ingredients one at a time into your juicer.
          2. Put it in your favorite bottle and you are done!

          4. Steamed Veggies And Meat

            Photo credit: Gimme some oven

            This recipe includes meat but does not take years to prepare. Steaming cooks the meal really fast. If you are a vegan, you can use tofu to substitute the meat.

            Ingredients:

            • Broccoli
            • Meat (of your choice)
            • Olive oil
            • Salt
            • Pepper
            • Apple cider vinegar

            How to make it:

            1. Steam broccoli and meat in a steamer while drizzling the meat with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
            2. Remove the broccoli when it becomes soft and the meat when it is well cooked.
            3. Remember to sprinkle on some salt and pepper.

            5. Seared Meat and Vegetables

              Photo credit: Gimme some oven

              A skillet will come in handy for this dish. And yes, it is another meal with veggies and meat, you cannot go wrong with this. It is a mix and matches meaning you can switch up the oils, seasonings, and vegetables according to your taste.

              Ingredients:

              • Ground meat (of your choice)
              • Vegetables (anyone you fancy)
              • Organic oil/butter
              • Store bought sauce/dressing
              • Salt

              How to make it:

              1. Cook meat with heated organic oil/butter in a skillet over moderate heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
              2. Add in shredded and chopped vegetables and stir until the meat cooks and the vegetables are semi-soft.
              3. Put your salt or dressing to give it some extra flavor.

              6. Green Smoothie

                Photo credit: Yummy Mummy Kitchen

                Smoothies are quite filling and combine fruits and vegetables for a healthy breakfast if you need to rush out in the morning.

                Ingredients:

                • 1 tbsp. Spirulina
                • 1 banana
                • 1 cup blueberries
                • Milk/Soy milk
                • Blend till smooth and enjoy. To make it thicker, add ice in with the ingredients.
                • A tea smoothie

                Note: If you like green tea, then try out this smoothie that uses your favourite tea and fruits:

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                • ¾ cup green tea
                • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
                • 2 tsp. lemon juice
                • 2 tsp. Agave nectar
                • 1 small pear
                • 2 tbsps. fat-free plain yogurt

                How to make it:

                Blend until smooth.

                7. Feta Omelet and Toast

                  Photo credit: Improved Health Club

                  Toast and eggs will definitely taste different from this recipe.

                  Ingredients:

                  • Chopped broccoli
                  • 2 eggs
                  • 2 tsp. Feta cheese (crumbled)
                  • 2 slices toasted bread
                  • Olive oil

                  How to make it:

                  1. Cook broccoli for three minutes in heated skillet.
                  2. Mix feta, eggs, and dill in a bowl and cook in the pan for 3-4 minutes.
                  3. Eat with toast.

                  8. Banana and Almond Toast

                    Photo credit: Dolly and Oatmeal

                    This recipe is sure to keep you full until lunchtime.

                    Ingredients:

                    • 1 tbsp. almond butter
                    • 1 slice rye bread
                    • 1 sliced banana

                    How to make it:

                    Cover toast with almond butter and put banana slices.

                    9. Quinoa

                      Photo credit: Kitchme

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                      You can cook the quinoa the night before to reduce the amount of time spent on the dish.

                      Ingredients:

                      • 1 cup cooked quinoa
                      • 1/3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
                      • 1 small tomato (chopped)
                      • 1 scallion (chopped)
                      • 1 tsp. olive oil
                      • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
                      • Salt
                      • Pepper

                      How to make it:

                      Gently toss all the ingredients in a bowl and voila, you are done.

                      10. Hummus and Beans

                        Photo credit: Pinch and swirl

                        Mashing your beans to create hummus takes just a few minutes.

                        Ingredients:

                        • ¼ cup canned white beans
                        • 1 tbsp. chopped chives
                        • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
                        • 2 tsp. olive oil
                        • Assorted Vegetables (chopped)

                        How to make it:

                        1. Combine beans, chives and lemon juice in a small bowl and mash till smooth.
                        2. Add assorted vegetables.

                        11. Egg Sandwich

                          Photo credit: Home Sweet Eats

                          Ingredients:

                          • 2 cooked eggs (chopped)
                          • 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
                          • 2 tbsp. red bell peppers (chopped)
                          • ¼ curry powder
                          • Salt
                          • Pepper
                          • Rye bread
                          • ½ fresh spinach

                          How to make it:

                          1. Combine eggs, yogurt, bell pepper, curry powder, salt, and pepper and stir well.
                          2. Place the spinach on the rye bread and egg salad.

                          12. Swiss Sandwich and Ham

                            Photo credit: My Recipe Magic

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                            Whip up a simple but tasty sandwich.

                            Ingredients:

                            • 1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
                            • ¼ Tsp. dried dill
                            • 2 slices bread
                            • 1-ounce lean sliced ham
                            • 1 pear (sliced)
                            • 1 1- ounce slice Swiss cheese

                            How to make it:

                            1. Combine yogurt and dill in a bowl and stir until blended.
                            2. Spread mix on bread slices with ham, pear slices, cheese, and bread slice.

                            13. Salmon Noodles

                              Photo Credit: Killing Thyme

                              Noodles take just a few minutes to cook and are extremely tasty.

                              Ingredients:

                              • 4 ounces noodles or spaghetti
                              • 5 ounces asparagus (cut)
                              • 1 (6-oz) salmon fillet
                              • 1tbsp sesame oil
                              • Zest and juice of 1-2 limes
                              • Salt
                              • Fresh pepper
                              • 4 ounces cucumber (cut)
                              • ½ avocado

                              How to make it:

                              1. Cook noodles for 6-8 minutes until soft.
                              2. Strain and then add asparagus to boiling water.
                              3. Cook for 2 minutes then rinse with cold water.
                              4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes.

                              14. Spaghetti Squash

                                This is one of my favourite recipes on the go (all it takes is 20 mins)! I substitute pasta for spaghetti squash. No plate needed.

                                Ingredients:

                                • 1 spaghetti squash
                                • 2 tsp of olive oil
                                • 2 pinch’ of salt
                                • 2 pinch’ of pepper

                                Steps: 

                                Check out the detailed steps in this full recipe here.

                                All these recipes can be prepared with ease and have carbs, proteins and fat to keep you energized until your next meal.

                                Featured photo credit: Brandy S via unsplash.com

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