How Green is Meat?

To eat meat or not is a debate environmentalists have been hashing out for decades. Everyone agrees that no meat from a feedlot is good for the environment, but many believe that livestock play a crucial role in creating diverse forms of

The New World Arks Are Here!

The summer issue of World Ark is in the mail. If you're not subscriber, you can read it all online. The project story this issue is from Thailand, a testimonial to how Heifer's work transformed one man’s life and his village."Thirty years ago,

Avoiding Food Waste

Photo from Flickr/superk8nyc. Creative Commons. The Green Lantern, a regular column at that answers environmental questions, takes on the topic of food waste: How much food do Americans waste everyday? One cited report

Sand for dinner?

David Zinczenko, in his Eat This, Not That newsletter for Men's Health magazine, has some fun digging around in the ingredients lists of some common foods in this article. "Simpler is always better. Think about it. Would you rather have your job

Restoring a Richness Lost

I recently visited Luis Acosta.  He was born in the remote community of La Elencia where he has lived for 60 years.  During his lifetime he has seen a lot of change.

Africa's Hope is Soil

Photo: Tim Samoff Africa can feed itself, if only it pays attention to its soil. This is the argument put forward by Pedro Sanchez, one of the world's leading agricultural scientists and World Food Prize winner. Sanchez

Hope for a Better Future

Ana with her family's cow, Mariposa, which means "Butterfly" Many poor families are unable to send their children to school. All too often girls are required to give up their education first. Ana lives in Western Honduras with her parents,

Saving the Soil of Africa

We are all, from the president to a newborn child, dependent upon dirt. Soil is the stuff of life and without plentiful and healthy soil civilizations fall, people starve and unfortunately, more often than not, wars break out. It is critical

A Win for Heifer

Heifer International was recently announced as a winner in the first round of Best Practices and Innovations Initiative from InterAction, a coalition of more than 150 humanitarian organizations. A Heifer Zambia project received the award for

The Makings of an Amazing Day

Carmen Suyapa Cruz-Cruz was only 9 years old when her father, like so many other young men, left his family to find work. Edman calls home twice a month, but his family hasn't seen him in 4 years. His wife, Grizelda, is worried. He has been