Cheap coffee is lousy for tigers, elephants, rhinos Science says

NEW YORK (EMBARGO DATE: April 24, 2003, 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) -- How's this for a bitter aftertaste? Cheap coffee, the kind that comes in industrial-sized cans, may be contributing to the loss of tigers, elephants and rhinos living half a world away, according to a study by the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, published in the journal Science.

The study says that increased production of robusta coffee, the inexpensive variety commonly sold in cans and used in instant coffee, is leading to deforestation of lowland forests in Indonesia, home to that country's last remaining populations of wild tigers and other species. Falling coffee prices worldwide has led to the need for more production, which in turn has resulted in more forest being cleared, even in national parks.

According to the study, the spike in coffee production can be traced to 1989, when international coffee agreements ended and the U.S. left the International Coffee Organization (ICO), an international cartel formed by the U.N. to balance supply and demand and ensure fair prices. What followed was a free-for-all that resulted in oversupply that cut worldwide prices in half. Ironically, long-term trends of consumer prices in the U.S. continue to rise.

In recent years, Indonesia's coffee production has jumped. Between 1996 and 2001, land cleared for coffee increased by 28 percent in Lampung Province, the heart of the country's robusta coffee region. Seventy percent of Lampung's coffee production occurs inside and adjacent to Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, one of a few remaining strongholds of Sumatran tigers, elephants and rhinoceroses, all of which are declining due to fragmentation and loss of their forest home.

The authors say that the U.S. can play a key role in halting this wave of deforestation. As the leading consumer of robusta coffee the U.S. should reassert itself as a strong member of the ICO, and call for certification programs to make coffee m

Contact: Stephen Sautner
Wildlife Conservation Society

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Lab on a chip? Cheap, disposable UD biosensor uses gold-on-plastic design
2. Cheap, Soy-Based Antibodies Prevent Genital Herpes In Mice
3. Wake Forest Study: Dermatologists Provide Better, Cheaper Care For Fungal Skin Disease
4. Does shade coffee help or hinder conservation?
5. Parasites prevent ants from protecting coffee plants
6. Does that java-jolt affect coffee and non-coffee drinkers alike?
7. Had your morning coffee? Thank a killer bee
8. Conservation International and Starbucks announce new coffee sourcing guidelines
9. Conservation under the shade coffee canopy: ant-bird interactions in Panama croplands
10. Unfiltered coffee may increase heart attack risk
11. Dodging elephants, scorpions, mudslidesUF researcher tracks tigers

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/1/2019)... ... ... John R. Freeman, CPA, has joined BioLabs as Chief Financial Officer. His ... provides premier co-working spaces for life science startups in the most dynamic biotech hubs. ... growth,” says Fruehauf. “BioLabs has expanded to 10 locations in just a few years, ...
(Date:8/1/2019)... ... July 31, 2019 , ... Advancements with Ted Danson ... for more information. , Factor Bioscience Inc. (Factor) is pioneering nucleic-acid and cell-based ... diseases. This segment of Advancements will explore how Factor Bioscience is building the ...
(Date:7/26/2019)... , ... July 25, 2019 , ... ... announced the first mixed reality headsets to include a new generation eye tracker ... Exhibition in Los Angeles, California (July 30 - August 1). SIGGRAPH attendees ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/14/2019)... ... August 13, 2019 , ... INDIGO Biosciences, ... testing solutions, announced the appointment of Mark McLoughlin to the Company’s Board of ... Mark McLoughlin will lend his healthcare expertise and extensive background in laboratory and ...
(Date:8/6/2019)... ... August 06, 2019 , ... The San ... in launching the biweekly SDBN BUZZ podcast focused on connecting the region’s biotech ... also serve to promote the region and attract external employers, investors, scientists, and ...
(Date:8/4/2019)... MINNEAPOLIS (PRWEB) , ... August 02, 2019 , ... Cirtec ... minimally invasive devices, today announced that it has begun construction on a 30,000 sq. ... about 15 miles from San Jose. , The facility, which is expected to ...
(Date:7/19/2019)... ... July 18, 2019 , ... Global precision ... enlarge their current piezo motion facilities in Lederhose, Germany, increasing their current footprint ... piezo ceramic assembly production in addition to general office space, a significant increase ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: