This is what chocolate looks like before it’s ground and made into bars. This is cacao, dried and cracked open to reveal the dark richness inside. We saw these particular beans at a Maya farmer’s home in Belize, just before the holidays. There, we witnessed the enormous labor involved in growing, harvesting and preparing cacao. […]
Development work is complicated. Ask anyone with experience in it. Take, for example, this New York Times story about African fishers taking their bed nets to the waterways. These nets, distributed by the millions in efforts to prevent malaria, were intended to keep families safe from nighttime mosquito bites. But villagers, driven by hunger, have […]
I love think pieces. As it happens, pure coincidence, last week I chose to listen to a Radiolab episode on the origins of disease just as I was taking an oral typhoid vaccination booster—a week-long, 4-pill regimen. The episode, Patient Zero (updated segment) starts with the fascinating story of Typhoid Mary, a carrier of this […]
Just as President Obama gave his State of the Union speech this week, two critical New York Times stories have highlighted the abysmal status of our food (a subject not included in Obama’s address). Viewed from so many angles, it just looks bad. As Mark Bittman writes, more than 46.5 million Americans are receiving SNAP […]
In California migrant communities, tap water’s dirty legacy rests on years of contamination. Many residents turn to bottled water—or sugary drinks, which compound the area’s health problems. The Atlantic’s CityLab reports.
It might seem that 2014 was another year of foodie trends—sustainable, organic, artisanal, gluten-free, GMO-free, antibiotic-free, cruelty-free. But for many Americans, it was a year of culinary status quo. Economic and cultural divides separate diet across the country, James McWilliams reports.
In this must-read investigation, Joseph Sorrentino documents the dangerous conditions that workers—often undocumented—face in New Mexico’s Big Dairy industry. We often hear of undercover investigations that show animal abuse in large-scale operations; not often enough do we see stories on the workers, who risk life and limb for minimal pay, no breaks, no overtime and […]
We’re grateful this Thanksgiving week for all that we have. But a lot of what we have we waste. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Food Tank reports, Americans will waste 5 million tons of food. Here, the group offers several tips toward waste-free holidays.
New research shows how the vast agricultural expansion that came with the Green Revolution has “tilted nature’s balance,” altering carbon dioxide levels at particular times of the year. It affects not just climate but seasons. More from Climate News Network.
Every winter when I visit my parents in Wisconsin, I sit at the kitchen table and watch dozens of wild turkeys parading through the backyard. It’s hard to imagine a time without that iconic bird. But, as The Dodo reports, an eternal open season on turkeys nearly led to their demise. It took biologists and […]