Coffee Is Not Forever (Paperback)
A Global History of the Coffee Leaf Rust (Ecology & History)
Ohio University Press, 9780821423875, 306pp.
Publication Date: October 2, 2019
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The global coffee industry, which fuels the livelihoods of farmers, entrepreneurs, and consumers around the world, rests on fragile ecological foundations. In Coffee Is Not Forever, Stuart McCook explores the transnational story of this essential crop through a history of one of its most devastating diseases, the coffee leaf rust. He deftly synthesizes agricultural, social, and economic histories with plant genetics and plant pathology to investigate the increasing interdependence of the world’s coffee-producing zones. In the process, he illuminates the progress and prognosis of the challenges—especially climate change—that pose an existential threat to a crop that global consumers often take for granted. And finally, in putting a tropical plant disease at the forefront, he has crafted the first truly global environmental history of coffee, pushing its study and the discipline in bold new directions.
About the Author
Stuart McCook is professor of history at the University of Guelph. His research focuses on the environmental history of tropical crops and commodities. He is also the author of States of Nature: Science, Agriculture, and Environment in the Spanish Caribbean, 1760–1940.