The violent costs of the global palm oil boom

Just after nine o’clock on a Tuesday morning in June, an environmental activist named Bill Kayong was shot and killed while sitting in his pickup truck, waiting for a traffic light to change in the Malaysian city of Miri, on the island of Borneo. Kayong had been working with a group of villagers who were… » Read More

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Oil barrens

The one with the gun arrived with a cocky flourish, sauntering through the doorway in a white muscle tee and blue jeans torn at the knees. He settled in on the plastic flooring, lit up a thick clove cigarette, and began animatedly to talk about the 23 critically endangered birds he’d shot from the Indonesian… » Read More

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Slow food nation

Carlos Monteiro got his start in medicine in the 1970s as a pediatrician working in poor villages and slums in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. His patients were hungry, and it was written on their bodies: Many were anemic, underweight, and stunted. Today, Monteiro is a professor of nutrition at the University of São Paulo’s… » Read More

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Allan Savory and the Science of Tracking

Allan Savory crawled through the dense brush, feeling for indentations beneath the leaves, signs of a lion. Two hired trackers from Botswana had long abandoned the quest, so it was up to him to capture the predator that was killing local cattle. More on this story Check out our Q&A with Judith Schwartz.  Hear Judith Schwartz… » Read More

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Children Left Vulnerable By World Bank Amid Push For Development

This is the latest installment of “Evicted and Abandoned,” a year-long investigation into the hidden toll of World Bank–financed development on some of the planet’s poorest people. The project is a collaboration between the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and The Huffington Post, with contributions from dozens of journalists around the globe. This report was produced… » Read More

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Uncharted

On a dimly lit shelf in the dining room of the Musgrave Roadhouse sit two dozen specimens preserved in cheap vodka — a makeshift natural-history museum. In a pickle jar is an accumulation of scorpions stuffed against a thick wad of cotton. An old Vegemite container holds a furry red body with crab-like legs, labeled BIRD EATING SPIDER.… » Read More

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Searching for rice in the wilds of Australia

In May 2015, Lisa M. Hamilton joined an expedition to the Cape York peninsula, Australia’s northeasternmost point, reporting on the search for the wild relatives of Oryza sativa, or the plant we know as rice. This journey was more discreet than the great plant collecting expeditions of yore: there was no army of porters carrying bulky… » Read More

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Heart of Agave

This story won “Best Writing on Beer, Wine or Spirits” from AFJ. The Suburban surged and swerved, rattling across potholes and rocketing over heaves in the sun-scorched asphalt. At the wheel, Adolfo Murillo smiled with pride. “This road we’re on here,” he said, “for years and years and years was never paved.” Going back to… » Read More

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