Why poinsettias are related to Christmas

Poinsettias are native to Central America, most specifically in the southern Mexican area of “Tasco del Alarcon” where the plants bloom in the North winter months. Joel Roberts Poinsett was the first ambassador to travel from United States to Mexico in 1825 and brought the plants back home. Poinsett, who lived in Greenville, South Carolina, was also fond of…

World’s running low on chocolate

Because of disease, drought, rapacious new markets and the displacement of cacao by more- productive crops such as corn and rubber, demand is expected to outstrip supply by an additional one million tons every decade for the foreseeable future. The world is running out of chocolate, Bloomberg Pursuits will report in its Holiday 2014 issue.…

food waste

Reducing food waste takes more than finishing your plate. By Nathanael Johnson

In southeast Costa Rica near the Panamanian border, there’s a group of farmers growing bananas and cocoa without pesticides. Two indigenous groups work communally owned land in the buffer zone surrounding La Amistad National Park. Their cooperative is called the Talamanca Small Farmers Association. But Talamanca’s growers face the same discouraging problem year after year:…