Drinking coffee in the US? Worry about forests in Vietnam, study warns

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The US’s thirst for coffee drives forest loss in central Vietnam, while Germany’s craving for cocoa is doing the same in West Africa, a landmark study that tracks the drivers of deforestation across borders found.
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<p>A Vietnamese farmer tosses roasted coffee beans in order to remove the bits of burnt skin surrounding each one. Image: jeevsCC BY-NC-ND 3.0</p>

Mongabay.comApril 5, 2021

  • Consumption patterns, especially in wealthier countries, are eating away at forests in some of the world’s most biodiverse regions. In the US, the thirst for coffee drives forest loss in central Vietnam, a landmark study that tracks the drivers of deforestation across borders found.

Germany’s demand for cocoa is linked to forest loss in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, while Japan’s demand for agricultural products like cotton fuels deforestation in coastal Tanzania.

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