Bananas

Bananas and plantains together are the world’s fourth most important food crop, following rice, wheat, and corn. They are grown in every humid tropical region are cultivated every day of the year. There are hundreds of varieties ranging in colour from yellow to green to dark red. The plantain is considered a vegetable, while others …

Players (a.k.a. Stakeholders)

It takes time to read any game and what helps most is understanding who the players are and how they interact with one another. It’s all about understanding the expectations and responsibilities. This is straight-forward in sports and most games, but somehow in the politics of tourism and conservation, it’s precisely the expectations and responsibilities …

Praise

Planeta has received numerous kudos and awards. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ECOCLUB – Significantly advanced the cause of ecotourism Outside – Virtual vanguard GORP – Ron Mader has a vision of smaller, environmentally friendly, genuinely engaging programs that directly benefit local communities. Call it ecotourism. GORP calls it a lot more fun and interesting. TOTEM …

Reflections on Awards

Here’s the bottom line – Awards offer a great incentive which encourages good practices and helps develop communication about critical topics. That said, awards can be manipulated or simply developed in a way that does not promote in depth dialogue. Regrettably, there have been few surveys of awards. RECOMMENDATIONS We like to see awards that …

How to host a press trip

Fact is that most press trips are costly and ineffective ventures that leave locals and reporters wanting. This guide reviews some tips on making press trips more effective. Be creative and be generous. Here are some ideas of connecting individual journalists or groups and locals. Create opportunities for face-to-face engagement and virtual conversations using the …

Food Miles

Graphic: Ron Mader, Food Miles Food miles = The distance food is transported from production to consumer or paddock to plate. As consumers around the world become aware of the carbon footprint of their travels and purchases, a new term has appeared. Introducing food miles which track the journey food takes from the farm to …

Death and Dying

Features Death Notebook Celebrating Day of the Dead in Mexico Flickr death and dying Grateful Dead Day of the Dead around the World Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/death http://planeta.wikispaces.com/hospice Artwork / Cue Yourself YouTube