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Should Coca-Cola Use its Power to Promote Social Justice in Swaziland?

It’s never dull at Coca-Cola. The company didn’t have much time to recover from its white polar bear can campaign fiasco and the accusations it tried to stop a ban on sales of disposable plastic water bottles in the Grand Canyon National Park before a new crisis arose. This time the negative attention concerns Coca-Cola’s presence in … Continued


How Public Participation in Belize Changed the Course of Cruising

In late 2009 a private development group, with apparent links to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, submitted a proposal directly to the Prime Minister of Belize and the Ministry of Tourism that called for the establishment of a new cruise port of call in the small southern village of Placencia. The proposal—described by the developers as small scale or “niche” cruise tourism, in contrast to “mass tourism”—catalyzed much discussion and debate on the benefits and drawbacks of this sector in Belize.

FDA Caves in to Lobbyists on Antibiotics, Putting Public Health at Risk

Maybe it all goes back to high school science. Maybe the reason I’m sitting here, writing, with urgency about the importance of sustainability, is because over the past fifty to a hundred years, businesses, with a few notable exceptions, have spent too much time concentrating on Physics and Chemistry and not enough time on Biology … Continued

Why Supporting Breastfeeding is Good for the Bottom Line

Many women find themselves torn between raising a family and building a career. As a mother of two young children, I know this challenge personally. The ability to continue breastfeeding a baby after returning to the workplace can help ease the transition between the two activities and has numerous benefits to both mother and baby- … Continued

What’s Your Spiritual Footprint?

We’ve all heard of the notion of an ecological footprint—that measure of human impact on the carrying capacity of Earth developed by Mathis Wackernagel during his doctoral studies.

Historic Mercury Regs from EPA a Boon for Health, the Environment and Jobs

A few small drops of mercury can contaminate a 20-acre lake and the fish that happen to reside there, thanks to coal-fired plant emissions. That’s a major reason why the EPA’s decision to regulate the emissions of mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants from coal- and oil-fired plants is a major victory for the health … Continued

Social Ventures Create Utopian Future

Social ventures are constantly discovering ways to solve pressing social issues. The biggest underlying obstacle is capital to increase the reach across the world. By implementing a small twist in the way we approach non-profit business models, we can focus the efforts of social entrepreneurs into a force for solving global problems on a global scale.

Indian Women Find Self-Reliance Through Embroidery Businesses

In a store in my hometown of Ahmedabad, India, I was immediately charmed by the colorful display of intricate handcrafted embroidery on pillow covers, decorative wall-hangings and silk kurtas. The needlework was simple, yet elegant, distinctive – and yes, expensive. At first I hesitated over whether to spend so much on an embroidered piece I really liked. Then I read the price tag a bit more carefully and noticed that 65 percent of the proceeds went directly to the artisans, and the store itself was affiliated with SEWA, the Self-Employed Women’s Association.

Safe Sushi App Helps Consumers Choose a Low Mercury California Roll

Sometimes you’ve got to love technology. For consumers there are numerous apps out there that enable you to shop better, more locally and to buy products that have the least impact on health as well as the environment. Seafood Watch has an app that tells you what kind of seafood is most sustainable. This is … Continued

The Power of a Population

As we seek to discover new methods of generating and harnessing energy, there is one source that is worth discussing: the human body.

Vegetarian un-Delight: Soy’s Link to Breast Cancer

With greed and hubris, gigantic farming companies produce soy products utilizing pesticides and genetic modification to survive the pesticides. Soy-based products are estrogen like and can add to a condition of estrogen dominance, which can lead to breast cancer.