Vice discusses how Colombia’s National Coffee Organization Profits Off Climate Change Denial. Climate change is ruining Colombian coffee farmers, but the national organization they’re required to join and pay is raking in money by denying anything is wrong.
Changing weather patterns are a lethal threat to the future of coffee plantations like Patiño’s in Colombia, the third-largest producer in the world. The increasingly volatile climate has led to an unprecedented spike in heat waves and prolonged, devastating droughts. At other times in the year, relentless rains are causing deadly mudslides and flooding. Crop disease and invasive insects associated with climate change are also on the rise. All these changes have created an extremely challenging environment to grow coffee.