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Not every route to prosperity involves trashing the planet.


Nathanael Johnson

December 15, 2016

San Jose, Costa Rica

A new timber mill in Costilla County could majorly improve the forest health of the greater region by thinning undergrowth to reduce risk of wildfires, curbing the spread of invasive insects, and decreasing the demand for water in the face of drought. The mill could also create jobs and further economic development for the area.

The Pueblo Chieftain

Matt Hildner

May 29, 2016

Blanca, Colorado, United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture assists farms which follow the sustainable farming style, Silvopasture, but few farmers take advantage of the program. ForeverView Farms in Vermont is advising policy groups about ways they can boost this type of farming.


Chris Peak

October 19, 2015

Lovingston, Virginia, United States

In Colombia, traditional cattle pastures have caused soil degradation, deforestation, and desertification. To reconcile this, several thousand acres of land in Latin America have been transformed into a silvo-pastoral system of grazing and raising cattle with agro-forestry. The Colombia-based Center for Research in Sustainable Systems of Agriculture seeks to reduce pasture land by 26 million acres while increasing cattle numbers by 2019.

Future Food

Lisa Palmer

November 18, 2014

Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

In Africa, many people rely on wood from trees to cook food over stoves. The tremendous usage of wood contributes to deforestation and environmental decline. Using bamboo instead of wood is a more profitable and greener solution.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

March 13, 2012

Asosa, Benishangul-Gumuz, Ethiopia

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