Category: The Conversation


Returning the ‘three sisters’ – corn, beans and squash – to Native American farms nourishes people, land and cultures

By The Conversation

Historians know that turkey and corn were part of the first Thanksgiving, when Wampanoag peoples shared a harvest meal with the pilgrims of Plymouth plantation in Massachusetts. And traditional Native American farming practices tell us that squash and beans likely were part of that 1621 dinner too. For centuries before Europeans reached North America, many…


Are Religious Communities Reviving the Revival? In the US, Outdoor Worship Has a Long Tradition

By The Conversation

Religious communities have been forced to find alternative ways to worship together during the coronavirus pandemic. For some that has meant going online, but others have turned to a distinctly non-digital practice steeped in the history of the American religious experience: outdoor worship. Prayer sessions in parking lots and services in green spaces formed part of…


Coronavirus: Social Distancing May be a Rare Chance to Get Our Sleep Patterns Closer to What Nature Intended

By The Conversation

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting daily routines around the world. Overwhelmed hospitals, desolate schools, ghostly towns and self-isolation echo a campy horror flick, but an all too real one. Companies are laying people off by the thousands, the service industry is teetering on the brink of collapse, and socialist ideas suddenly don’t sound so bad to an average…


The Coronavirus Will Delay Agricultural Export Surges Promised in Trade Deal With China

By The Conversation

The novel coronavirus has shocked the world’s economies. The virus has spread to more than 100 countries and many U.S. states, rattling global stock markets and plunging the Dow more than 2,000 points on March 9 – the biggest one-day drop since the 2008 Great Recession. Concerns about potential global economic decline has made implementation of the U.S.-China phase one trade deal uncertain. This…