Starbucks executive says climate change will impact quality of coffee

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Starbucks executive says climate change is going to negatively impact the quality of coffee in the future.

Scientists say a fungus or coffee rust that started spreading six years ago in parts of the world, particularly in Central America, is damaging farmers who grow coffee.

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Coffee production decreased about 31-percent during a rust epidemic from 2008 to 2011.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says the company hopes to develop some heat and fungus resistant strains that also taste good.

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