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Thirteen years of coffee and commentary. Tridecaphobes, beware.

Roya — coffee leaf rust — is an increasingly clear marker of the climate change crisis. And it’s devastating.

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The knowledge of how to fight Roya, and the money for fungicide, the labor to treat it, and to cut back the trees deals a huge blow to the income and profits of the coffee farm. The real impact is on organic farms,  whether certified farms or organic-by-default farms, on casual coffee farmers who have little technical knowledge, and on smallholder farms in general. In a couple crop cycles, Roya unmanaged is the death of the coffee farm.

–Tom Owen, How Can a Leaf Rust? Roya in Guatemala

Hat tip: JimSeven’s Leaf Rust: End of Days?

Author: deCadmus

Doug Cadmus is a usability guy, writer and sometime dramatist who moved to Vermont for the coffee, where he's the Web Guy for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. When not writing, reading, or tapping out haiku-like Twitter posts, he roasts coffee in his garage.

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