Not the coffee, too!

Between this and the recent story that global warming presents a threat to the survival of cocoa beans, you’d think people would be paying a lot more attention to the possibility to the possibility of losing their favorite beverage:

Forget about super-sizing into the trenta a few years from now: Starbucks is warning of a threat to the world coffee supply because of climate change.


In a telephone interview with the Guardian, Jim Hanna, the company’s sustainability director, said its farmers were already seeing the effects of a changing climate, with severe hurricanes and more resistant bugs reducing crop yields.


The company is now preparing for the possibility of a serious threat to global supplies. “What we are really seeing as a company as we look 10, 20, 30 years down the road – if conditions continue as they are – is a potentially significant risk to our supply chain, which is the Arabica coffee bean,” Hanna said.


It was the second warning in less than a month of a threat to a food item many people can’t live without.


New research from the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture warned it would be too hot to grow chocolate in much of the Ivory Coast and Ghana, the world’s main producers, by 2050.


Hanna is to travel to Washington on Friday to brief members of Congress on climate change and coffee at an event sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists.


The coffee giant is part of a business coalition that has been trying to push Congress and the Obama administration to act on climate change – without success, as Hanna acknowledged.


The coalition, including companies like Gap, are next month launching a new campaign – showcasing their own action against climate change – ahead of the release of a landmark science report from the UN’s IPCC.


Hanna told the Guardian the company’s suppliers, who are mainly in Central America, were already experiencing changing rainfall patterns and more severe pest infestations.

Healthy-ish

My stove was out of commission for a few days, and so each morning I hied myself to the Mickey D’s to get some oatmeal.

Oh. My. God. It was really, really good, and plus, I felt virtuous. Until I read what was in it. I don’t know what “undefined cream” is, but it can’t be good. But if you’re on the road, and you want breakfast, at least you can get your morning fiber.

I’m not going to spend my life obsessing over every last thing I eat. Once in a while, things like this won’t kill me.

We, the enemies

Link:

We, the Enemies?


The editorial “Debt & Taxes in DC” fails to mention proposed entitlement reforms that are being discussed in Washington right now. Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will devastate the poor and sick in this country. For people already living on the edge of financial ruin, taking away even a small percentage of their income is a recipe for disaster. And yet that’s what both parties are discussing.


In the interests of honesty, let’s call this what it really is: The US government is imposing economic sanctions on its own citizens. As we have done to populations in Iran and other “enemy states,” a huge segment of American citizens will be unable to afford decent food, shelter, or medical care if President Obama’s Grand Bargain/Great Betrayal includes cuts to the social safety net.


So millions of people who have been paying into the system for decades will not get what was promised when they could use it most. At least now we know how the richest nation in the world treats those in need – the same way it treats its enemies.

Satisfaction

Because it was such a nice day, I worked on my car today.

It was long overdue, but it was so hot all summer, I couldn’t bring myself to stand out in the heat to do it. Today was just perfect – sunny, not too hot. I vacuumed, cleaned out all the trash, wiped down the cargo area, Armor-All’ed the dashboard, washed the floor mats (in the washing machine – I saw it on Pinterest!), shampooed the seats and sewed up a rip in the seat on the driver’s side.

This was fulfilling in a way that politics rarely are. Ahh!

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