What the Ban on Elephant Trophies Means

ENVIRONMENT Days after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a decision to lift the ban on elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia, President Donald Trump has announced he plans to reverse course. (National Geographic) Use our rich collection of resources to better understand the “Battle for the Elephants.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion … Continue reading What the Ban on Elephant Trophies Means

Hand-Harvesting is Hard Work

FOOD Mechanization has made the farming of many crops—lettuce and tomatoes among them—a lot less labor intensive. But some crops are still tended and harvested by hand, and it can be painstaking work. (NPR) Take a look through our new map layers on the world’s leading food crops. Discussion Ideas Read through the NPR article, then read the Background Info in our media spotlight on mapping … Continue reading Hand-Harvesting is Hard Work

Lime Disease?

FOOD About 98 percent of limes consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico. But our neighbors to the south are feeling seriously squeezed by a shortage of the beloved citrus fruit. (NPR) Use our resources to better understand international supply chains. Discussion Ideas Most limes are eaten as a flavoring on dishes, such as the carne asada mentioned in the NPR article. (Mmmm, carne asada.) … Continue reading Lime Disease?