In 2010, Walmart vowed to double its sales of locally grown produce by 2015, both as an environmental initiative and to support small farmers. But somehow, though Walmart has already passed its goal, small farmers haven't benefited at all.
At EARTH University, students don't produce papers. They produce produce -- organically grown crops they harvest and sell -- along with other entrepreneurial agricultural products. Is this hands-on education in working the soil and changing the world a model for a better future.
The sweet taste and sunny hue of the banana contrast sharply with the high environmental and social costs its cultivation extracts in Latin America: pollution, deforestation, poor working conditions. Whole Foods Market is working to change that, in partnership with a non-profit international school in Costa Rica called EARTH University.