Costa Rica’s coffee business joins the battle to cut down carbons

Americas Now

Costa Rica’s coffee industry is joining the effort to help the country reduce carbon emissions by 2021.

Costa Rica has been establishing itself as the regional leader in Central America’s endeavor to create a healthy environment. The most recent player in their effort is the coffee industry which is working to make its coffee completely carbon-free.

That means coffee growers need to abandon some of the traditional practices they use to cultivate the crop.

Costa Rica only produces about 1% of all the coffee consumed in the world. But the industry is growing fast. Production as a whole is expected to grow by 15 % in 2018.

“Americas Now” Correspondent Harris Whitbeck tells us why the traditional methods of cultivation need to change to produce carbon-neutral coffee.