Crisis in the Fields: Climate Change and Coffee Rust

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It’s beginning to look like 2013 will go down in the history books as the coffee world’s annus horribilis. It’s the Year of Rust, or more specifically, Hemileia vastatrix, the coffee rust fungus. While never a welcome sight, the telltale orange dust can, in a normal year, typically be described as seasonal, commonplace and mild. The adjectives that are being used in coffee rust conversations this year conjure up a very different reality: severe, devastating, crisis. The rust compromises

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