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Jan and Chaparro near Cumbres de San Bartolome. Photo: Paul Barham.

Travels with Chaparro - a letter from the Sierra

Jan Nimmo

22nd March 2014

The tree-clad hills of Spain's Sierra de Huelva retain their beauty, wildlife and traditions, writes Jan Nimmo, who has speant a decade exploring the area on horseback. Just one thing is missing: the throngs of people that once inhabited and managed the land. more...
Trees and hedgerows mean less run-off and erosion, reducing flooding and siltation downstream. Photo: Coed Cymru - coedcymru.org.uk/ .

Woods and trees are functioning parts of a living landscape

Mike Townsend

6th March 2014

Trees, woodlands and hedgerows do much more than enhance the appearance of Britain's rural landscapes, writes Mike Townsend. They diminish flooding, reduce erosion, assist water infiltration, enhance biodiversity - and we need more of them! more...

Small is the New Big

Vandana Shiva

28th February 2014

Vandana Shiva reminds us that the very future of food security in India (and indeed worldwide) lies in protecting and promoting the country's small farmers. more...
A fiasco. Photo: Gwydion M. Williams via Flickr.com.

Badger culls were ineffective and inhumane

Oliver Tickell

28th February 2014

Sources close to Defra have revealed that the UK's badger culls were an outright failure. They killed well under the target number of animals, and were unable to meet Defra's own 'humaneness test' more...
Daniel Hahn with his sexually invigorated but sterile male flies.

Pesticide-free fly control breakthrough

The Ecologist

27th February 2014

A new discovery will make a pesticide-free means of protection against fruit flies and other damaging pests cheaper and more effective. more...
Cattle near Oxford. Photo: Alcalaina via Flickr.com.

Genetic study shows we can breed TB-resistant cows

Liz Glass

24th February 2014

The debate on protecting cattle from TB has become polarised between supporters of killing badgers, and vaccination. But as Liz Glass reports, there is another solution: breeding cattle with innate TB resistance. more...
Tea-growing can require large volumes of scarce water - one of many challenges facing growers. Photo: Forum for the Future.

Tea - a 'hero crop' for our times?

Ann-Marie Brouder

19th February 2014

Britain's favourite tipple faces big challenges over coming decades, writes Ann-Marie Brouder. A new report sets out the challenges and proposes sustainable solutions to keep the 'cup that cheers' on the nation's tables. more...
Milking parlour, UK. Photo: sarahluv via Flickr.com.

How GM food is finding its way into your diet

Andrew Wasley

22nd February 2014

Genetically modified food is flooding into the UK through the back door. Few consumers know that the meat and dairy products they eat may have been made from animals fed a diet containing GM crops. more...
Small-scale farmers in Mozambique - who collectively grow most of Africa's food. Photo:  União Nacional de Camponeses.

Africa's farm revolution - who will benefit?

Sophie Morlin-Yron & Oliver Tickell

18th February 2014

A farming revolution is under way in Africa, pushed by giant corporations and the UK's aid budget. It will surely be good for the global economy, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron, but will Africa's small farmers see the benefit? more...
Polish farmers hard at work gathering in the hay crop. Photo: Hejma via Flickr.com.

Polish farmers 'grassroots rebellion'

Julian Rose & Jadwiga Lopata

16th February 2014

Farmers in northern Poland are demanding the right to sell the food they produce in local shops, fighting oppressive sanitary regulations, picketing the Land Agency for access to prime farmland, and resisting GMOs. more...
Some major US food brands. Photo:  watchingfrogsboil via Flickr.com.

Democracy or Corporatocracy? The choice is ours.

Ronnie Cummins

25th February 2014

Newly assertive citizens and consumers are putting the world's most feared and powerful corporations on the defensive, writes Ronnie Cummins. Now is the time to press home our advantage! more...
A boy from the Lower Omo stands on the riverbank. Photo: © Survival

Congress over-rules USAID to protect abused Ethiopian tribes

The Ecologist

12th February 2014

The US Congress has outlawed the use of aid to Ethiopia to evict tribal peoples in the SW of the country - where violent expulsions are under way to clear land for cash-crop farming. more...

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Small-scale farmers in Mozambique - who collectively grow most of Africa's food. Photo:  União Nacional de Camponeses.

Feeding the World - or feeding the Corporations?

Graciela Romero

13th February 2014

Tickets to today's Feeding the World conference in London cost £695 - a sure way to exclude the small and family farmers that produce 70% of the world's food. Graciela Romero denounces the global corporate takeover of land, food and farming. more...
Flooding on the Somerset Levels and Moors. Watercolour by Lord Otter via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - the real battle is getting the Government to pay

Oliver Tickell

9th February 2014

Right wing media and politicians have chosen the Somerset Levels as their battle field for fighting the 'green' agenda. There is just one problem - the facts. On the Levels themselves, there is a remarkable consensus about the way forward - and the future is Green. more...
Golden Rice grain being held by Dr Parminder Virk in 'screenhouse' of Golden Rice plants. Photo: IRRI Photos via Flickr.com.

Golden Rice - a complex tangle of unanswered questions

Clare Westwood

13th February 2014

Advocates of Golden Rice - a GMO rice that produces Vitamin A - present the debate over its use a clear moral choice with only one possible conclusion. But as Clare Westwood writes, the reality is very different ... more...
Filling a bulk grain / seed transporter at Openfield's Portbury Grain Terminal. Photo: Openfield.co.uk.

UK farmers winning GMO-free export market

Oliver Tickell

7th February 2014

A shortage of GM-free oilseed rape among Baltic exporters has forced Turkey to come to the UK in search of supplies. This could be the start of something big ... more...
A British barn owl in the wild. Photo: Barn Owl Trust.

Save our Barn owls!

David Ramsden

6th February 2014

Britain's barn owls are in trouble, their number 70% down on historic levels. A big reason for the dramatic decline is the growing use of toxic rodenticides to kill farm rats, writes David Ramsden, who urges us to join the campaign to limit their use. more...
Planting out onion seedlings at Sandy Lane Farm, and organic farm in Oxfordshire, UK. Photo: Sandy lane Farm.

Organic farming benefits biodiversity

Lindsay Turnbull

19th February 2014

Organic farming really is wildlife friendly, new research from Oxford University has found, with far higher species diversity on organic farms than conventional ones. Lindsay Turnbull reports on her findings ... more...
An encampment in of rural people evicted by soy barons is bunt out, Paraguay.

GM crops are driving genocide and ecocide - keep them out of the EU!

Helena Paul

5th February 2014

The unfolding human and ecological disaster of GM agriculture in the Americas must send the EU a powerful message, writes Helena Paul. We don't want it here, and we should stop buying the products of GM-driven genocide and ecocide abroad. more...
A good table is the heart of a good home. Image: The Ecologist Guide to Food.

Lifting the lid on Food's secrets

Jan Goodey

6th February 2014

The Ecologist Guide to Food is no soft-centered feel-good flim-flam, warns Jan Goodey, as it tackles tough topics like the slave labour behind your prawns and tomatoes: essential reading for concerned gourmets everywhere. more...
Soy on former forest, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photo: Jeff Belmonte via Flickr.com.

Brazil extends Amazon protection from soy farms

The Ecologist

3rd January 2014

Amazon threat from soybean expansion delayed for a year - but 8 million hectares of unprotected forest at risk from 2015 pending new measures. more...
'If we had less pesticide use in the environment we wouldn't have such a problem.' Photo: C.G.P. Grey via Flickr.com.

Death by pest or pesticide? Antibiotic dangers trap bees in a Catch 22

Matthew Thompson

2nd February 2014

Antibiotics used to protect them from bacterial illnesses ravaging hives are making them die from commonly used pesticides, some of which are used to ward-off bee-killing parasites. Matthew Thompson reports. more...
More genetic diversity in this small room than in a million acres of industrial farming - the inner recesses of the Heritage Seed Library. Photo: Cultivate Oxford.

MEPs vote against EU seed Regulation

Oliver Tickell

31st January 2014

MEPs have voted against a proposed EU sed regulation that would further concentrate the seed market and discriminate against genetically diverse traditional seeds. more...
Seedtime by Scott Chaskey is published by Rodale Press.

Manipulating the seeds of life

Karl Grossman

4th March 2014

Seeds are the gift of nature and past generations to us, and our gift to the future. Karl Grossman reviews 'Seedtime' - and finds that we must make that gift wholesome and fruitful - not a Pandora's box of genetically modified horrors. more...
Guaranteed GMO-free. Image: the Non-GMO project.

GMO labeling - the tide is turning

Dr Mae Wan Ho

4th February 2014

While GM labeling is slowly gaining ground, the Non-GMO, GM-Free, and Organic labels are taking US health food markets by storm. Dr Mae Wan Ho reports ... more...

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