Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

Over the past 60 years, transportation has changed less than might have been expected. Still no jetpacks, for example. And while this could change after the presidential election, we’re not yet commuting to jobs on the moon. Transportation has changed, however,...
FILM: Growing Change

FILM: Growing Change

Growing Change follows the filmmaker’s journey to understand why current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger. It’s a journey to understand how the world will feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges....
A Recipe for Climate Action

A Recipe for Climate Action

I relocated to California for several weeks last year to avoid the dog days of summer in the nation’s capital. During my sojourn, state officials announced that they were closing Los Angeles’ infamous 405 Freeway — America’s busiest highway — for a...
Is China Heading for Collapse?

Is China Heading for Collapse?

An implicit social contract underlies the Chinese people’s relationship with its government. The people accept the autocratic Communist Party of China (CPC) regime with its corruption and minimal public participation, and the CPC regime delivers a continuous and...

Is a Higher GDP What We Want?

When we take the sustainability of our economic activities into account and compare gross domestic product (GDP) to new economic indicators, the result may come as a surprise. An increasing GDP may demonstrate growth in gross transactions, but it may not indicate that...

Organics and the Science of Farming

This article was originally published on the YES! Magazine website. One of the biggest myths about organic farmers is that they are “unscientific” and “backward.” After time in the southern Philippines with Danilo and Carlito, we learn something quite different....

Food for a Rooted Future

Our search for rootedness has brought us back to the Philippines, back to communities in the south where Robin spent a year over three decades ago. We spend time with the family of a rice farmer, Delia, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Delia, her husband...

The Age of Vulnerability

If you are wondering what the Wall Street crash did for U.S. credibility abroad, listen to this. In the middle of the pain and suffering of the global economic and food crises of 2009, a group of South Asian economists and policy makers met in India and mocked the...

Yes, There is An Alternative

It makes us angry when we hear—time and again—mainstream pundits and policy makers claim that there is no alternative to the past 30 years’ path of gearing economies toward the global market. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Currently, as financial markets...

A ‘Letter’ From Rice Farmers

Rice farmers from all over the country will converge on Manila next week for a National Rice Summit, and they will ask for new kinds of assistance from the government. Many are shifting from chemical-intensive farming to organic and other sustainable methods, and they...
Detroit’s Unsustainable Casino Economy

Detroit’s Unsustainable Casino Economy

When people talk about Detroit, most are unaware that it is the largest metropolitan region in the US to offer casino resorts (unless, of course, they live around there, or they have read the city’s Wikipedia page). Although the casinos have provided a huge...

Ghosts Threaten to Return to Haiti

Some of the advice for how Haiti ought to rebuild after the earthquake sounds hauntingly familiar. There are echoes of the same bad development advice Haiti has received for decades, even before the nation faced its current devastating situation. To avoid repeating...

Sweatshops Won’t Save Haiti

The United Nations will host a Haiti donors’ conference at the end of March. This conference will be quite different from last year’s event, of course, coming as it does on the heels of the worst earthquake to strike Haiti in two centuries. An agenda has...