Lorne sugar plantation in Mackay, 1874.
State Library Queensland
As the American Civil War interrupted cotton production, plantation owners looked to the new colony of Queensland.
By the 17th century, wealthy Britons were already experiencing the delights of expensive sugar confections.
The story of the growth of Britain's sugar trade can tell us a lot about the development of capitalism and the slave trade.
Decorated with ornaments purchased, created and inherited for years, even generations, Christmas trees are a reflection of a family’s history and tastes.
Take a good look at those old Christmas ornaments before hanging them on the tree – you may find it's time to retire some family keepsakes.
Jermone Bias and Cheyney McKnight portraying enslaved cooks at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Virginia, a National Park Service property.
National Park Service
At historic sites across the South, you'll often find a white woman, dressed in Colonial clothes, cooking in a big house kitchen. That's a role that was usually done by enslaved Africans.
The sweet-smelling, fluffy white fungus,
Huntiella moniliformis, engaging in sexual reproduction in the lab.
Understanding the sex lives of fungi can help in finding answers about disease control.
‘The Plantation,’ oil on wood, ca. 1825.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Slaves were involved in medical experimentation in the 1700s – both as sources of knowledge and as nonconsenting participants.
Avoiding fires in Indonesia’s peatlands should be a common goal of everyone involved.
Antara Foto/Jessica Helena Wuysang/ via REUTERS
Indonesian peatlands are important to many people: farmers, bureaucrats, businesspeople, and conservationists. But preserving this value for everyone will mean listening to everyone's concerns.
Workers harvesting from a commercial farm in Ethiopia.
Many African countries are still searching for inclusive commercial farming models that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people.
An Indonesian oil palm smallholder sells fruit bunches to a trader.
Over the past few years many companies have committed to sustainable palm oil. But that is threatened by a growing alliance between industry and government.
Peril from the forests.
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