How do you like your coffee | College of Arts

How do you like your coffee

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015


Feature Researcher - Stuart McCook - How do you like your coffee? Video

Tropical foods — coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar, bananas — are all part of daily life.When we consume these foods, we are engaging in tangible but often invisible relationships with distant peoples and landscapes. Professor Stuart McCook, History, is an environmental historian exploring the origins of these relationships and how they have contributed to environmental change. The transformations to the landscape have sometimes unforeseen environmental consequences that include outbreaks of crop diseases and pests. Professor McCook's study of the global crop epidemic, coffee rust, which has devastated coffee farms around the globe for the past century and a half reveals that these diseases are not just accidents, but reflect historical patterns of globalization, production, and consumption.



The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.