Help our Bees
If you are enjoying a warm cup of Coffee then sit down and read this article below. The article below from the Daily Coffee news website demonstrates how important Global warming and Bees our to the supply of our delicious Coffee, which is drink by many of us numerous times a day. Taste Coffee are now making sure our staff plant more Trees and flowers in their gardens to attract Bees, not only to help Coffee growing but to help the increase in numbers of Bees within our country.
Being a Dorset based company and supplying coffee and machines to many Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Southampton based business we want to ensure we are always doing our bit for the environment. We now use recycled paper, run Eco vans and limit our landfill waste. So read the article below and see if you can help the environment in anyway possible.
Report from Daily Coffee News
Global warming could reduce coffee growing areas in Latin America by as much as 88 percent by 2050, with the largest declines projected in Nicaragua, Honduras and Venezuela, according to a study published this week.
Numerous other studies pointing to climate change as the cause of a potentially dramatic reduction of the available land for coffee production, with even more dramatic affects on the more climate-sensitive arabica variety itself.
New findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focus not only on climate modeling for coffee, but on the crop’s dependance on bees and bee habitats, noting the importance of healthy bee populations as pollinators that help maximize fruit yield and coffee plant health.
“Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities on earth, and needs a suitable climate and pollinating bees to produce well,” said study co-author Taylor Ricketts, director of the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Environment. “This is the first study to show how both will likely change under global warming — in ways that will hit coffee producers hard.”
While the study outlines a general pattern of coffee habitat suitability and declining bee populations, it also notes areas where current climate modeling suggests there may be increased suitable habitat in parts of Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Costa Rica, mainly in mountainous areas. Additionally, it notes areas where bee populations are predicted to increase, which could in turn increase coffee productivity while mitigating the negative effects of climate change.
“If there are bees in the coffee plots, they are very efficient and very good at pollinating, so productivity increases and also berry weight,” said lead author Pablo Imbach of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). “In the areas projected to lose coffee suitability, we wanted to know whether that loss could be offset by bees.”
According to the study, as well as to common sense, tropical forests provide key habitats for wild bees and other important pollinators. This makes areas near tropical forests more suitable for coffee-growing, while underscoring the importance of tropical forest preservation and growth. Other studies have confirmed the importance bees and other tropical pollinators have in coffee plant health and yield.
“We hope the models we have created to make these projections can help to target appropriate management practices such as forest conservation, shade adjustment and crop rotation,” said study co-author Lee Hannah, a senior scientist at Conservation International.
The study’s authors briefly offer the following practices for coffee farmers:
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