'The biggest coffee crisis of our time': Outbreak of rust fungus threatens to wipe out Latin America's entire crop | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


'The biggest coffee crisis of our time': Outbreak of rust fungus threatens to wipe out Latin America's entire crop

A poorly-understood fungus is ravaging Latin America’s coffee crops, causing billions of dollars in damages and potentially putting the global coffee supply at risk.

The disease, known as coffee leaf rust, is an orange-powdery fungus that slashes the plant’s yield, in some cases destroying the entire crop for years.

This same fungus is responsible for the crash of Sri Lanka’s (then called Ceylon) coffee industry in the late 1800s, according to NPR.

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