Devastating Disease Wipes Out 50% of Coffee Plantations In Central America
Bad news for the coffee industry in Central America. Coffee growers are experiencing a devastating epidemic of coffee leaf rust a.k.a ‘roya which is basically a fungus on the leafs.
This rust is so bad it’s been reported to wiped out almost 50% of Central America’s crops. Since Central America supplies 12 percent of the world’s coffee, if this keep on going it will effect coffee supply around the world.
As reported on treehugger “The U.S. Agency for International Development announced that it will put an additional $5 million into breeding new leaf-resistant strains of coffee trees. Coop Coffees reports that there has been “little real support” for small-scale, organic farmer groups”..