Not Another Green Revolution for Africa!

By: Dave Meyer (United States) Among commentators on international development, there is no greater pastime than suggesting simple technological cures for all the ills of the African continent.  Agriculture is a particularly popular theme, and the latest installment in the New York Times’ Fixes column, “A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa,” by Tina Rosenberg,…

The Price of Beans

By: Dave Meyer (United States) This past summer, I worked part time on an organic farm owned by a friend of mine. It is a small vegetable CSA with a herd of dairy sheep whose milk is used to make cheese and yogurt that is sold in local markets. Everything the farm produces (almost 100…

Transitioning to a Just Future

By Dave Meyer (United States) In 2012 my wife and I had the chance to travel in Latin America filming grassroots environmental initiatives.  We saw many amazing projects, but none so inspiring as the last ones, the Brazilian Transition Towns. The first Brazilian transition town we visited was in Granja Viana, a wealthy suburb of…

A Load of Garbage

By: Dave Meyer (United States) There are places in New York where it seems like money flows from the faucets.  Executives earning tens of thousands of dollars a day, apartments selling for tens of millions, art auctions bringing in hundreds of millions. And then every night at dusk, when the trash bags are placed on…