1 in 7

That's the number of Americans now living in poverty. According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2009, 14.3 percent of Americans, or 43.6 million, earned less than the $21,954 threshold for a family of four, an increase of 0.9 percent

Children Fare Worst in New Poverty Stats

Census figures out this week tell us one in seven Americans is living in poverty. That's the highest number in half a century, representing 43.6 million people. Even worse, of those in poverty, one in five is a child. These shockingly high numbers

A Different Kind of Map

NPR's Robert Krulwich has a great blog post about alternative maps that leave the world looking a little different. These alternative maps adjust a country's size relative to factors such as income and population. For instance,

Try Something New

by WorldLink staff Have you ever tasted a purple potato or a golden beet? In this video from the Nourish Video Encyclopedia, chef Jamie Oliver, star of TV’s Food Revolution, invites us to explore a world of new tastes. Nourish is a national

Kid Tested, Locavore Approved

The New York Times and The Heifer Blog both chimed in recently about Plumpy'nut, a sweet, foil-wrapped nutritional supplement given to children in crisis situations who need quick energy and a nutrient boost. Great idea, right? But food guru Marion

Where is Haiti?

All of these posts about Haiti got us to wondering: Do people even know where Haiti is? It's closer than you might think—in the Caribbean just southeast of Cuba and east of Jamaica. And at bottom, a map showing where Heifer International is

The Beauty of Haiti

Photos by Donna Stokes The images of the devastation of the earthquake in Port au Prince don't begin to tell the whole story of Haiti. A stunning, curving coastline gives way to mountains beyond mountains, crops, homes and businessses. The

World Giving Index

The World Giving Index is out. Compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation, it's the largest study of charitable giving around the world. The U.S. ranks fifth in the world, behind Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada (and tied with Switzerland).

Twinkie vs. Carrot

by WorldLink staff Why does a simple bunch of carrots cost more than a package of Twinkies? In this video from the Nourish Video Encyclopedia, best-selling author Michael Pollan investigates this question and its effect on our health and

Celebration in Saut Mathurine

Photo and video by Bryan Clifton Just a glimpse of our welcome to the community of Saut Mathurine, which defies description, though I'll try. From two miles out, dozens of Heifer and partner OPS participants greeted our three Heifer SUVs with