Costa Rica has a longstanding tradition of achieving outstanding accomplishments in environmental, social and economic issues. Although there are many reasons to admire Costa Rica for these, the country has enormous debts with the “green and happy country” image that it sells to the world, specially around agriculture and poverty.
In an apparently endless monocrop dessert in Thailand there is a visionary group of communities that woke up to the destruction of their forests and took action to save them from loggers. Decades later these cherished forests provide abundant seasonal harvests of wild products to the villagers and are the
A look into Navdanya, an Indian organization that fights for seed diversity conservation, farmers’ rights, ecological farming practices and women empowerment. Lead by the notorious Dr. Vandana Shiva they focus on education, research, activism, soil science, fair trade and community support. The article explores the workings of their three organizational
An overview of three self directed learning organizations lead by the activist and thought leader Manish Jain. Inspired by Gandhi’s vision of Swaraj for an autonomous society, these organizations are living experiments on self determination, empowerment, gift economy and community. During a visit to Udaipur, Rajasthan I had the
Life on Earth is dying and our food systems are largely responsible. Industrial food production has devastating effects on our climate, our ecosystems, our health and our communities. Nangu reimagines our food system in a way that supports local communities, grows new ecosystems and protects existing ones. Using regenerative farming,