East Africa: Young Women’s Program Update and Maasai Human Rights (Part I)

Kenyan and Tanzanian Young Women’s Progress The end of 2012 marked huge accomplishments and milestones for the East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative. All five Kenyan young women, Ann, Hellen, Joyce, Sabina, and Elizabeth, sat for the Kenya… Read More

Shrimp Factory Farms in India

India, now second in global seafood production, plans to double its marine exports within the next two years thanks to the introduction of an Aquaculture Quarantine Facility in the Northeastern city of Chennai. Aquaculture Quarantine Facility, AQF for… Read More

India’s Vegetarian Crossroad

India: a vegetarian’s mecca. This seems to be the stereotypical image envisioned when thinking of this culturally Hindu society. But are globalization, a growing middle class, and the urge to emulate western ways eroding this traditionally ethical lifestyle?… Read More

The East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative Fundraiser

The East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative fundraiser on December 6th was a success.  We have almost reached our goal of $3,000, enough money to support the education, living costs, rights training, mentoring, and leadership skill workshops for… Read More

Ethanol Contributes to Food Price Spikes – But So Does Meat

The United States’ ethanol policy has been identified as a major contributor to the global spike in food prices in recent years, accounting for 20 to 40 percent of the price surges in 2008. The issue isn’t simply our… Read More

The Texting Dairy Cow

The latest advancement in animal agriculture: offering cows the ability to send text messages to farmers when they are, uh, feeling amorous. A newly developed sensor-activated device, being used by some Swiss dairy producers, is implanted into the… Read More

Summer Update: East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative

Here’s what’s been happening in Kenya and Tanzania with the East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative over the last few months. Daniel Salau, the program coordinator, and Julie Ojiambo, a Brighter Green intern who traveled to Kenya in… Read More

Could Lab-Grown Leather Mean a Decline in Dairy?

Dairy and leather go hand-in-hand. In addition to consumer demand for dairy products, leather demand provides an often overlooked financial incentive to breed ever larger herds. Indeed, without the support of the leather industry, dairy industry profits would… Read More

Chickpeas: The Future of Farming?

After spending much time reading and researching the intensification of factory farming as part of my work with Brighter Green, it is refreshing and heartening to see articles about growth in more sustainable areas of agriculture. A recent… Read More

China’s Loss of the Traditional Dairy Farmer

With China’s growing wealth and demand for western diets, the Chinese government is posed to dramatically increase agricultural production, with goals of becoming more agriculturally self-sufficient. A laudable aim- but it’s questionable if their strategy is undermining the… Read More