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Coca-Cola is bleeding Indian towns dry — and now the farmers are fighting back

They’ve launched a successful mission to Mars, but India’s government still has a lot of work to do on a major domestic concern: managing the country’s dwindling groundwater resources. And there’ one clear party to blame.

In the state of Uttar Pradesh, in northern Indian, farmers are decidedly unhappy with the neighboring Coca-Cola plant that’s been rapidly depleting the decade-old area wells. It’s been happening for years, but the impact on local resources is finally coming to a tipping point, and the farmers living in remote villages have decided to take action against the corporate giant.

Bottle protest in the streets of Mumbai and New Dehli | Follow micdotcom 

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Farmer Plays Lorde’s ‘Royals’ Till the Cows Come Home

This farmer has udderly moo-ving musical talents.

Farmer Derek Klingenberg serenades his cattle by playing the pop hit “Royals” by Lorde on his trombone. The dulcet tones of his brassy instrument call his cows from clear across the horizon for an all-bovine concert.”

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"Frankly, I don’t know what one makes from cocoa beans. I’m just trying to earn a living."

Cocoa growers in the Ivory Coast taste chocolate for the first time.

World's Oldest Masks Modeled on Early Farmers' Ancestors

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A dozen of the world’s earliest known masks have been brought together for the first time for an exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The rare stone artifacts were sculpted by early farmers whose immediate ancestors had given up hunting and gathering and settled in the Judean Hills, the location of the modern city of Jerusalem, and in the fringes of the nearby Judean Desert.

That momentous change in lifestyle, along with the first stirrings of organized religion, may have prompted the farmers to create the stark stone images for their cult rituals.

Debby Hershman, curator of the museum’s Prehistoric Cultures Department, has spent the last decade conducting the first comprehensive study of the 15 known stone masks from the Neolithic era—those on exhibit plus three others. “Many of them look like dead people,” she says. “In fact, I think they’re portraits of specific people—probably important ancestors.” Read more.

The first farmers of France

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French archaeologists conducted an extensive excavation on the site of Kervouric in Brittany (northwest France), prior to the commercial development of the land. Examination of an area measuring around ​​one hectare found that the first construction in the area dated back to around 4800 BCE.

This important period represents the so-called ‘Neolithic Revolution’ when hunter-gatherers were embracing a lifestyle based on agriculture and animal husbandry. This new style of living produced a sedentary population with the associated construction of longhouses, sometimes grouped in a hamlet or village.

The excavated remains revealed the footprint of three large parallel houses, located on a hill terrace overlooking the valley. Read more.

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