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Sowing the Seeds of a Tropical Village Economy in the Mountains of Sumatra

This piece is a set of reflections from Jeff Conant, International Forests Program Director, during a recent trip to Indonesia to meet with local village communities.

[caption id="attachment_1367" align="alignnone" width="535"] Villager displaying petai bean pods in Air Pahlawan // Photo Courtesy of Jeff Conant[/caption]

The village of Air Pahlawan in Sumatra, Indonesia sits amid steep jungled hills two hours’ ride by motorbike up long slopes from the sprawling shore of the Indian…

Are Cruises Safe?
Are Cruises Safe?

Port communities and wildlife are at risk because of the dangers of cruise ships. These floating cities are a toxic nightmare for everyone and everything in their path.

It’s time for Kroger to step up to help save the bees
It’s time for Kroger to step up to help save the bees

Without pollinators, grocery stores would run short of a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, and delicious favorites like chocolate and coffee.

A Climate of disinformation: Haters gonna hate, but social media companies force us to listen
A Climate of disinformation: Haters gonna hate, but social media companies force us to listen

Americans should demand that Facebook take a few simple steps to show they are serious about combatting disinformation.

Food retailers fail to protect bees from toxic pesticides
Food retailers fail to protect bees from toxic pesticides

A new scorecard from Friends of the Earth shows that top food retailers are failing to protect bees and people from toxic pesticides.

The School Lunch Recipe for Climate Action
The School Lunch Recipe for Climate Action

As California moves to slash greenhouse gases dramatically by 2030, and schools in San Francisco and elsewhere look to reduce their carbon emissions, a key ingredient is missing from the conversation: meat.