Reaching the Sustainability Goal: Not So Fast, Not So Easy

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Sustainability matters. And if you happen to be in the coffee business, it matters especially. In 2012, this market saw 40 percent of global production coming from sources that had been certified or verified for sustainability. The latest State of Sustainability Initiatives Review confirms that “the landscape of sustainable coffee has been one of rapid transformation from a niche market to a fully recognized strategic business management tool,” according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Yet many challenges along the way make the road to achieving sustainability a difficult one for businesses.

Teaching Food in Europe: Notes From the Field of Food Studies, Part 2

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The history of food in Europe is long and storied. Deeply rooted agricultural and place-based food traditions are now experiencing renewed attention, as global interest in food origins grows. In 1986, the Slow Food movement was founded in Italy as a protest against fast-food chain McDonald’s encroachment on historic sites in Rome. Slow Food is now a vast, grass-roots international organization. As the food movement has grown in Europe, opportunities to study food have also expanded.

Costly War: Is Ukraine’s Economic Recovery Feasible?

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According to the U.N., estimated losses from infrastructure destruction in the Donbas region of Ukraine are $440 million since the armed conflict there started. Every day the debt is increasing, and the country is being pulled into economic and humanitarian disaster. It will take years until full recovery is possible. But until the fighting stops, it’s too early to talk about recovery.

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How Sports Is Reducing Social Inequality in Rural South Africa

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Apartheid South Africa was all about discrimination. White supremacy ran so deep that black inferiority was enforced by ensuring that the best and perhaps only sporting facilities were reserved for and provided to white citizens. We zoom in on what the situation with sporting facilities looks like in the new South Africa in rural areas, and what this means to rural youth in Limpopo.