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Sustainable Harvest International

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Obviously, rainforest destruction is a heated topic of discussion. Many popular websites claim to plant trees in exchange for donations, and even Dell has hopped on the bandwagon. When you buy a new computer you can select “plant a tree for me” as you checkout and help offset your carbon footprint. Planting trees can be a good thing, but are we really making progress if we do nothing about the source of the problem? Sustainable Harvest International is heading straight for one source. This small non-profit organization “has worked with nearly 1,000 families and 900 students in Honduras, Panama, Belize and Nicaragua implementing alternatives to slash-and-burn farming, the leading cause of rainforest destruction in the region.” Malnutrition is a huge problem in this area of the world, and many vegetables are considered a luxury item. SHI teaches new farming techniques to the local families, such as alley cropping, organic vegetable gardening, and seed saving and storage.

Since 1997, SHI has successfully:

· Planted more than 2,000,000 trees.

· Converted 6,000 acres to sustainable uses, thereby saving 30,000 acres from slash-and-burn destruction.

· Improved nutrition through the establishment of more than 200 organic vegetable gardens.

· Increased farm income up to 800%.

· Built 165 wood-conserving stoves (saving 1,650 trees per year)

Now, did you know that it’s possible to eat yogurt, help these farmers, save forests, and get free organic chocolate and tea all at the same time? Stonyfield Farm is featuring SHI along with two other non-profits on their yogurt lids this summer. Vote for your favorite non-profit and help direct funds their way, while getting cool prizes!

Visit http://www.sustainableharvest.org/yogurt/ for more information on SHI and Stonyfield’s “Bid With Your Lid” program.

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5 comments »

Comment by Megan
2007-07-06 10:23:56

This is fantastic information- thanks for posting.

 
Comment by Jessica Schessler
2007-07-06 10:25:48

You’re welcome! I was lucky enough to get an internship with SHI for this summer, and it’s prompted me to be more aware of our environment and what I’m doing to protect it. So, thanks to that, I found wannaveg! ^^

 
Comment by Cheryl
2007-07-06 11:27:38

It’s nice to know that eating healthy helps in many ways. Thanks for the info!

 
Comment by eric
2007-07-06 14:27:09

It is good to see incentives like this. We buy yogurt all the time, so all we need to do is buy Stonyfield (instead of Trader Joe’s) to help make a difference? Too easy.

Comment by Jessica Soucy
2007-07-06 16:47:21

Close, Eric! Mail in your clean “bid with your lid” lids and specify your vote for SHI, while getting the cool prizes!

 
 
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