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A Disappearing National Treasure: The Extinction of the Formosan Black Bear
Artwork from Treasure Hill of the Endangered Black Bear

A Disappearing National Treasure: The Extinction of the Formosan Black Bear

The Formosan black bear (Ursus Thibetanus Formosansus) - Taiwan’s largest predator and land animal - is endemic to Taiwan and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The “Moon bear,” aptly named after its distinctive white crescent marking on its chest, has sat majestically atop Taiwan’s ecosystem throughout the ages. But in recent years, its reign has been usurped by the encroachment of modern man, who has continuously illegally poached the bears, severely exploited them, and driven them from their natural habitat. Hence, these bears have been pushed to near extinction.

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The Slow Food Movement
Cacao pods growing in Vietnam, this unique terroir is what gives Marou chocolate it's distinctive flavour

The Slow Food Movement

MADE SLOWLY, WITH CARE: CHECK OUT SOME OF THE WORLD’S NEWEST AND FINEST FOOD PRODUCTS AND THE RELATIONSHIPS THEY SHARE WITH NATURE From farm to fork, bean to bar, and pasture…

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Taiwan’s Famous Tea Regions: A Brief Exploration of Tradition, Terroir and Taste
Tea Field in Pinglin, Taiwan

Taiwan’s Famous Tea Regions: A Brief Exploration of Tradition, Terroir and Taste

The story of good tea has it all: biodiversity, cultural diversity, health, livelihoods, agriculture, trade, taste. It’s an ancient botanical that has created, shaped and connected cultures; it’s an embodiment…

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