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Mexico Taxes Soda to Combat Obesity

Mexico has successfully passed legislation placing an 8 percent sales tax on sugary soft drinks in response to their obesity epidemic.

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Hurtling Toward a Nine Billion Head Count

Some say the world is on a one-way trip toward a nine billion population count by 2040, with no way to turn back. But is the simple reality of numbers the whole story or is it more about resource constraints, especially at the current rate of unbalanced consumption?

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Fracking Headaches: Homeowners Battle Developers for Mineral Rights

Developers in Colorado’s expanding residential areas have been quietly holding back mineral rights to land that they sell, leaving new residents with the surprise of finding that they have little control over what happens when mining companies come knocking. And the trend isn’t limited just to Colorado developers.

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Helping Bottom of Pyramid Workers Find Jobs in Africa

Did you know that the unemployment rate is 12% in Ghana and 40% in Kenya? At DEMO 2013 last week, I caught up with Maxwell Donkor who is working to solve this problem. Donkor is the founder of mPawa, who matches bottom of pyramid workers with employers.

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Nonprofit Retrofits Buses as Mobile Showers for the Homeless

A San Francisco nonprofit has come up with an ingenious way to make free showers and lavatory access available to the city’s poorest citizens. Retired MUNI buses will be converted into mobile shower stations. And the startup is being fueled through donations with remarkable success.

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Report: Taxpayers Pick Up $7 Billion Tab for Underpaid Fast Food Workers

A report just out by the UC Berkeley Labor Center says that low-paying fast food jobs cost taxpayers $7 billion a year in benefit programs designed to support low-income families. Programs like Medicaid, SSI and food stamps are lifelines for workers who aren’t being paid enough to feed and clothe their families.

Dr. Fred Hollows was an Australian ophthalmologist known for his work in restoring eyesight for thousands of people around the world. Today, his Foundation continues his work in treating avoidable blindness and improving indigenous ocular health in developing areas. Here, he examines a young patient in Nepal in 1985. | Image credit: The Fred Hollows Foundation

The Emerging, Not-for-Profit Economy

Across numerous countries, the economic contribution of the not-for-profit sector has been on the rise since the late 1990s. With growing interest in social enterprise, many not-for-profit managers increasingly understand that generating their own income allows them to fund the good work they do (as opposed to traditional approaches that depend on grants and philanthropy).

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Foster Farms Ignored Dec 2012 Salmonella Monitoring Upgrade Request

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records suggest that the recent outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella Heidelberg could have been anticipated far in advance. Was this a slip-up in company protocol, or a set of procedures that were designed but never firmly put in place by USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service? The USDA may know, but most of its staff is still on furlough.

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Business is Crucial to Effect Large-Scale Change

Businesses in all industries have the power to effect change, from Walmart to B Lab to Zipcar, each with its own approach. Some companies are showing huge numbers conserving energy, water and natural resources, while others are investing in their workers by treating them well. The more innovative ways businesses think to reach out to and motivate people, the more we will see change.