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What is coffee rust and why is it pushing people to the U.S. border?

  // Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:36 //

Meet the world's most important coffee disease that you've never heard of - rust fungus, a.k.a. "la roya."

Its spores, which can devastate entire coffee farms,

forced Sri Lanka to uproot all its coffee trees in the 1860s and start growing tea. Today, climate conditions have accelerated the fungus' growth in Central America, uprooting farmers and fueling a wave of immigration to the U.S.

The current crisis started brewing in Guatemalan farms in 2010. Since then,

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