What if everyone traveling along major highways this holiday season found another person with a similar trip to ride with, rather than simply hopping into their car alone—adding to traffic and greater air pollution? Those travelers could spend their weekends shopping away and eating extravagant feasts, but if they all successfully carpooled I would still … Continue Reading ››
In case you missed it, check out Andrew Rice’s piece on land grabs in Africa- a very new and potentially troubling consequence of our globalized economy- in the New York Times Magazine. Rice touches on some of the same things I’ve seen during my trip to sub-Saharan Africa—Chinese and the Middle Eastern investment … Continue Reading ››
We mistakenly suggested that ACDI/VOCA picked the location for livestock markets in Ethiopia. Instead, regional government offices were in charge of choosing the locations. See the original post for the change and many thanks to Joe Welsh for the correction.
This Friday is Black Friday in the United States, the frenzied shopping day that marks the start of the commercial Christmas season. Typically a day of sales and deep discounts, an observant Christian might argue that Black Friday would better be observed in 2009 by closing … Continue Reading ››
From left to right, Food and Society Fellow Angie Tagtow, the Millenium Institute's Hans Herrren, Dena Hoff of the National Family Farmers Coalition, Food and Society Fellow Francis Thicke, Alexandra Spieldoch of … Continue Reading ››
This is the first of a two-part series on my trip to the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
The World Agroforestry Centre is located in Nairobi, Kenya, but you wouldn’t know it from the surroundings. Located on a lush campus, thick with vegetation, it offers a quiet oasis that seems far from the … Continue Reading ››