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Do you know where your coffee comes from? The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of knowing about our supply chains. Here, a woman carries harvested coffee beans in a coffee plantation in Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique, in August 2019. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The coronavirus pandemic requires us to understand food’s murky supply chains

The COVID-19 crisis highlights the importance of supply chains. But even with the increased recent attention, most supply chains remain murky. Consumers can play a key role in lifting that cloud.
By adding a ‘digital roll’ to its iconic game, Tim Hortons’ Roll up the Rim contest now has some statistical similarities to slot machines. (Photo Illustration/The Conversation)

Roll up the Rim: How COVID-19 has changed the contest — and maybe your odds of winning

The Tim Hortons coffee chain has made some changes to its iconic Roll up the Rim contest, including the addition of "digital rolls." A statistician explains how this changes the odds of winning.
Too much caffeine interferes with sleep. Luis Molinero/Shutterstock.com

Is it OK for teens to drink coffee?

Since caffeine is in so many different foods and drinks, it's easy for kids – or grownups – to get more than they should without realizing it.
If coffee and wine are things you love, then you need to pay attention to climate change. Shutterstock/Ekaterina Pokrovsky

Nine things you love that are being wrecked by climate change

People tend to pay attention when things get personal, so you need to know how climate change is damaging things in your life.
As keen as we may be to hear about any health benefits of drinking coffee, the headlines aren’t always what they seem. Janko Ferlic/Unsplash

Research Check: can drinking coffee help you lose weight?

Caffeine may be able to increase the function of what we call 'brown fat'. But we shouldn't immediately scramble for the closest long black or flat white and expect to see the kilos drop.
There’s good evidence drinking coffee before exercise can marginally improve your performance. From shutterstock.com

Health check: can caffeine improve your exercise performance?

Many people drink coffee for that extra bit of energy to go about their day. As well as sharpening our minds, there's evidence caffeine can give us a physical boost, too.
A regenerating stand of rainforest in northern Costa Rica. Matthew Fagan

Restoring tropical forests isn’t meaningful if those forests only stand for 10 or 20 years

Many nations are restoring degraded tropical forests to slow climate change, protect endangered species and improve rural life. But those forests often are cleared again soon afterward.

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