Coffee Is Spilling Everywhere? Essay

1142 Words Jun 21st, 2015 5 Pages
Coffee Is Spilling Everywhere One of the fastest growing industries today is the coffee industry, especially Starbucks, as it has a seven percent annual growth rate (Goldschein 1). These days, it is now impossible to go into a town without seeing a single Starbucks shop due to their intensification and stretching in globalization. Globalization is the exchange of ideas, products, and culture between nations. Thanks to globalization, Coffee has become the world’s second most traded commodity, and as a result it has negatively impacted the environment (Schmidt 1). Furthermore, the growth of coffee industries has created a system where coffee farmers are exploited by big coffee companies, and coffee communities with different coffee cultures are swept away by the Starbucks effect brought by the globalization of coffee. The expansion of the coffee industry and its intensification has brought the deforestation to various parts of the world, decreased biodiversity, and disrupting fragile ecosystems. Today’s coffee beans are now farmed under direct sunlight which require “farmers [to] cut down the tree canopies that shaded their shrubs” (Satrah 1). One of the effects of this action is the loss of habitats for various “animals, insects, flora, and fauna”, and replacing them with “intensive ‘sun cultivation’, where coffee is grown in plantations” (Light 1). According to Moore, over 2.5 million acres of forest are being cleared in Central America, “and consequently insects and…

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