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Fungus decimates coffee beans in Central America - USA Today

posted at 5:12 pm Mon Jul 1st, 2013 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Ricardo Puente is a worried man. Coffee drinkers may soon have reason to join him. Puente, president of Apecafe in El Salvador, a cooperative of more than 400 coffee farmers, has been watching closely as "la roya," a fungus, has devastated coffee plantations across Central America this year.

"We think outbreaks of violence and famine can occur in some cooperatives as a result of this situation," Puente said in a recent interview from San Salvador, where Apecafe is headquartered.

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