Not many consumers who drink coffee know about the history of their money drink and it connection to Africa. If you ask a person today about coffee the first thing that may come into their mind is Italian espresso or latte with a french croissant. Not many people know that the coffee bean has a history beyond Europe and the Americas.
Where is rum and sugar from? What are there connections to Africa? This article is about rum, sugar and human property; a tapestry of trade woven into the histories of the Caribbean, Britain, America and Africa. In addition to finding out where rum comes from the reader will find out about how European wealth on a massive scale was generated from the work of enslaved Africans in the Caribbean for generations which has created an imbalance in power right up to today based on the business of international trade.
Did you know there's around 250 bee species in Great Britain?
Most of these are solitary bees and bumblebees, but there are species of honey bee.
They may be tiny but bees are essential for a healthy environment and healthy economy. But right now, the bees are in trouble. Since 1900, the UK has lost 20 species of bee, and a further 35 are at risk.
We need to know more about brilliant bees, and find out how to get the county buzzing again with bee-friendly plants in gardens, streets and communities.