Behind every cup of coffee there are the farmers and the agronomists tasked with cultivating the crop. Their skills and their work are of fundamental importance to the coffee industry, and some companies want to recognize the roles these people play by honoring their achievements. For instance, Nespresso, the company behind the popular coffee capsules and brewing machines, launched the AAA Sustainable Quality Program in 2003, partnering with the Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit that awards product certification for sustainable livelihood and biodiversity protection. The program employs agronomists to advise farmers on sustainable cultivation methods.
In summer 2014, the U.S. and EU introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions targeting the country’s wealthiest and most powerful government allies. In response, Russia introduced a trade embargo against some European states.
Women’s magazine Marie Claire announced last July the addition of a new name to its masthead: author Janet Mock was named contributing editor. The news received wide media attention, not just because of Mock’s résumé but because of her gender identity as well. Mock is a professional writer who happens to be a transsexual woman. In the stories about her appointment, her gender identity and her new job were talked about in the same breath. Student Reporter talked with transsexual and intersex journalists about their perspectives on having a presence, voice and career in the media.
The emergence and success of digital media startups seems to open a new golden era for journalism, and yet women are hardly at the forefront of the digital revolution, as this remains a male-dominated field.
The 18th Organic World Congress, organized by the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements , will be held Oct. 13-15 in Istanbul. Our student reporter Amy Jeffs spoke with IFOAM Executive Director Markus Arbenz about what to expect.
The world’s growing population and increasingly limited resources have created a great challenge to our current agricultural systems, conventional and organic. Yet new research and innovation projects show that cities around the world can certainly be part of the solution.
With members and hosts in almost 100 countries, there is very little international oversight for WWOOF. Instead, it is truly grassroots, with national WWOOF organizations in over 50 countries, and 45 more countries with independent hosts who are willing to take on volunteers. For a national membership fee, volunteers get access to anywhere from a few dozens to over 2,000 in-country hosts. After that, no money, not a single dollar, changes hands.