Orb tells stories that challenge our assumptions and unite us around our human story.

We are fusing massive data analysis with knowledge from the crowd and professional reporting to build a new kind of journalism that better serves the public. We’re just getting started and we’re glad you stopped by. Check out our stories, discover what we’re doing and join us in building a new kind of journalism.

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Breaking Ground

It’s easy to dismiss this global destruction as an unfortunate environmental mishap, yet the ways we grow food are causing this destruction. Simply put, we need to apply new methods of growing food.

Breaking Ground

How do farmers learn their craft? And how do they balance the health of their soil with the productivity of their land? These are questions we wanted to ask farmers all over the world.

Breaking Ground

In two generations, Brazil has transformed the Cerrado, a grassland south of the Amazon, into one of the major soy producing regions of the world. Soy is an essential feed for pigs, and with a growing appetite for pork, China is the Cerrado’s largest customer. Feeding China has been an incredible business opportunity for Brazilian farmers. But as soy plantations blanket the region to feed that demand, they are also laying waste to the Cerrado’s soils.

Breaking Ground

Soil is a finite, fragile resource everywhere in the world, but in Montana, farmers and ranchers who don’t treat it that way risk losing the ground from under their feet.

Orb featured on A Path Appears

New York Times' Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's new project, A Path Appears, features Molly as a guest blogger.

One World. One Story.

Just like the duck and the hare, once you see the world as a connected whole, you can’t “unsee” it!

Breaking Ground

Life comes from the ground up. All life, virtually every bite of food you’ve ever eaten, comes from the brown stuff, Soil. And while we don’t think about it, soil is a finite resource—a living ecosystem that’s way more complex, important and fragile than you think.
Animation, 2 minutes, 45 seconds.

Excess Baggage

No country in the world sends more nurses to work abroad than the Philippines. From a Finnish language class in Manila to the halls of a Helsinki hospital, we find out what's lost when a skilled worker migrates to another country, and what can be done about it.
Audio story, 7 minutes, 17 seconds.