Courtesy Mark RyanDuring these tough economic times people are often overworked, or underemployed, or forced to accept menial jobs for which they’re vastly overqualified and underpaid. Those who toil under such less-than-ideal conditions will often hear statements like “Well, at least you still have a job.” On the surface that may seem like a silver lining in an otherwise gloomy situation, but according to a new study published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine being stuck in a lousy, demeaning job could be much worse for your mental health than not working at all.
That’s it, I’m out of here! (Just kidding, Liza - I like my job)
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(If scientists don’t blow it up first.)
Farmers in Brazil have traditionally cut down large swaths of rain forest to plant cacao trees – the source of chocolate. But these high-yield plantations ravaged the rain forest, depleted the land, and suffered numerous outbreaks of disease. A new method of planting, called cabruca, plants cacao trees right inside the rain forest itself. Only a few rain forest tress are cut down – the forest itself remains intact. The forest nourishes the cacao trees and protects them from plantation diseases. And while the amount of chocolate grown in this manner is smaller than can be grown on a plantation, the farmers can make up the difference by charging a higher price for “environmentally friendly chocolate.”