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This Coffee Company Wants to Pay Farmers a 50 Percent Premium

Levanta Coffee describes itself as a “socially-innovative start-up” that can spark much better economic opportunities for the coffee farmers in Honduras with its “social microlot model” – one that will pay farmers 50 percent more than typical prices.

Israel’s Green Power Goes to West Africa

Israel and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) are joining forces to bring solar to 15 African nations. It’s not the first time Israel has brought technology to African states, but the opportunity is a continued boon for both impoverished communities and Israel’s green energy sector.

Beyond Meat’s Meatless Burger Debuts Nationwide

Beyond Meat, the alternative meat company found in many Whole Foods, has landed its popular Beyond Burger at eight locations of the chain BurgerFi. All 101 of that company’s outlets will serve the fake burger by the end of this summer.

United States Drops to Second Tier On Social Progress

This year’s Social Progress Index tells us a lot about the state of society these days — including the fact that a nation, touted often for its standard of living, isn’t at the top of the scale when it comes to social benefits and opportunities.

Missouri Third U.S. State to Sue Opioid Manufacturers

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit last week accusing opioid companies of fraud, and now three states are fighting back against pharmaceutical manufacturers in order to hold them accountable for the ongoing U.S. prescription drug epidemic.

Burger King Promises Path to Sustainability – Eventually

Burger King has announced that it will transition to antibiotic-free chicken by 2018 and is stepping up its effort to stop its support for deforestation in South America by 2030 where soy is grown for its products. But environmentalists say that a 13-year window to stop its use of deforestation is too long, calling in questions about its commitment to sustainable business practices.

Saving Brazil’s Amazon: A Job for Tiny Norway

It’s been a bad, bad month for Brazil’s President Michel Temer. First he is called on the carpet by Brazil’s supermodel, Gisele Bündchen, for efforts to open up more of the Amazon to deforestation. Then he’s told that he’s at risk of losing a $1.1 billion payment from Norway for the same concern. And if that’s not bad enough, the US is rejecting Brazil’s beef imports because of alleged bribes in the supply chain. What’s a president to do?

Major Tech Companies, NGOs Stand Up for Net Neutrality

Net neutrality advocates are gearing up for a battle on July 12 that may well be a global megaphone. Amazon, Vimeo, Netflicks and a host of nonprofit organizations have promised to lend their websites and their voices to tell the FCC that net neutrality must stay in place.

Support Women Who Mean Business

Not only are women leading in executive positions, but women are also striving to bring humanity and social responsibility to the forefront of business models.

Healthcare Nightmares Flood Crowdfunding Sites, No End in Sight

Crowdfunding increasingly has become a way to raise funds for rising health care costs. The problem, however, is that the occasional success story treats some systems, but does not provide sustainable solutions for our health care system’s enduring problems.