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Packaged food in a supermarket in Kamakura, Japan. Photo: Todd Mecklem via Flickr.com.

The chemical dangers in food packaging

Jo Adetunji

1st March 2014

The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing food could be damaging our health, scientists have warned. Jo Adetunji reports. more...
Caroline Lucas marching for the NHS. Photo: Green Party of England & Wales.

We must protect NHS democracy

Caroline Lucas

28th February 2014

The UK's Coalition Government told us it wanted to hand control of the NHS to patients. In truth, writes Caroline Lucas MP, it is attacking NHS democracy on every side. 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...
The Maloca - from within. Photo: The Temple of the Way of Light.

Healing in the jungle

Matt Mellen

1st March 2014

Matt Mellen joined a growing number of Westerners seeking therapy with Ayahuasca, the Amazonian 'miracle medicine' for mind, body and soul. He emerged transformed, a happier version of ... himself. 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...
Mother and baby - both vulnerable to even moderate levels of air pollution. Photo:  Kaushal Vaidya via Flickr.com.

Moderate air pollution damages mothers' and babies' health

The Ecologist

21st February 2014

Air pollution can damage the health of pregnant women and their children - even if the pollution is within permitted limits, according to a study from Lund University in Sweden. Among the risks, diabetes. more...
Can we talk about climate change now? Flooded Oxford residents take to the streets. Among their problems, sewage contamination of flood waters and non-flushing toilets. Photo: Adam Ramsay.

Climate change is making the world sick

Geordan Shannon

11th February 2014

Sea–level rises, changes to the severity of monsoon seasons and rainfall, flooding, droughts and heatwaves are all having an increasing impact on human health, writes Geordon Shannon. more...
Young orangutan in the Sabangau Forest. Photo: Matt Adam Williams / OuTrop

L'Oreal moves against forest destruction

The Ecologist

30th January 2014

L'Oreal, the world's largest beauty and cosmetics company, has committed to remove forest destruction from its products by 2020. more...
'DDT is good for me!' - detail of Penn Salt chemicals advertisement in Time magazine June 30, 1947. Photo: Crossett Library via Flickr.com.

DDT link to Alzheimers

Sophie Morlin-Yron

29th January 2014

A new study shows a strong link between exposure to the pesticide DDT and Alzheimer's dementia. Sophie Morlin-Yron reports. more...
A happy future for coal? Young coal worker in Linfen, Shanxi, China. Photo: andi808 via Flickr.com.

Big Coal's annus horribilis

Bob Burton

26th January 2014

2013 was a bad, bad year for Big Coal, writes Bob Burton. If the coal industry's PR dream is for a stream of exuberant articles selling the story line that coal is clean, cheap and desirable, then 2013 delivered the opposite. 2014 will be even worse. more...
Fish-free fish oil - no more taking the mackerel? Photo: Bill Abbott via Flickr.com.

GMO 'fish oil' crop trials - how to respond?

Oliver Tickell

24th January 2014

Rothamsted Research has applied to field trial GM Camelina plants that make long chain omega-3 fatty acids - an important nutrient currently available only from fish. This poses a dilemma for those who have so far opposed GMO foods. more...

Farm antibiotics 'creating super-bugs'

The Ecologist

15th January 2014

Evidence presented to a Parliamentary select committee shows that excessive use of antibiotics on farms has led to the evolution of three antibiotic-resistant superbugs since 1998. more...

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Cornfield message in support march against Monsanto, October 2013. Photo: Light Brigading via Flickr.com.

Stop import of 'super-GM' SmartStax maize!

Oliver Tickell

9th January 2014

A Complaint has been filed today with the European Commission to prevent import of the 'super-GM' SmartStax maize developed by Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences. more...
Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines screenshot. Photo: Insomnia Cured Here via Flickr.com.

Terminator technology - what's the fuss about?

Mark Lynas and Lúcia de Souza

27th November 2013

Campaigners against GM foods have long reviled 'terminator technology' - GM plants whose seeds are engineered never to grow. But are fears of the so-called 'suicide seeds' misplaced? more...
Sailors decontaminate the flight deck aboard USS Ronald Reagan, March 23 2011. Official U.S. Navy Page / Kevin B. Gray via Flickr.com.

Fukushima's cancer epidemic: the reality revealed

John Ward

25th December 2013

USS Reagan & Fukushima cancer levels are miles above comparative levels, according to John Ward. Slowly, the world is waking up to the realities of Japan's nuclear catastrophe: this disaster is real. more...
The Baker Shot of Operation Crossroads, Bikini Atoll 25 July 1946. Wikimedia Commons.

Atom bomb veterans deserve justice!

Neil Kinnock

19th December 2013

Britain sent 22,000 soldiers to witness a total of 21 nuclear bomb tests in the Pacific between 1952 and 1958. Since then they and their descendants have suffered from severe health problems. Neil Kinnock believes the nuclear veterans deserve recognition and justice. more...
Spraying pesticides - somewhere near you? Photo: Meg Wallace Photography / Shutterstock.

Pesticides - the Government must protect us!

Georgina Downs

17th December 2013

Campaigner Georgina Downs has scored a significant victory in her 12 year battle against the UK Government. But DEFRA Ministers have still failed to secure protection from pesticides for people in the countryside. more...
Image: Lightspring / Shutterstock.com.

Alzheimer's - the answers lie in diet and lifestyle

Oliver Tickell

13th December 2013

Alzheimer's disease is on the rise. Some 44 million people worldwide are estimated to have the disease today, at a cost of over $600 billion. By 2050 the number is expected to treble. But could diet and lifestyle changes reduce its incidence? more...
Laboratory rats. Photo: niderlander / Shutterstock.com.

Scientific journal retracts study exposing GM cancer risk

F. William Engdahl

5th December 2013

The Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology appears to have violated scientific standards by withdrawing a study which found that rats fed on a Monsanto GM corn were more likely to develop cancer than controls. William Engdahl investigates. more...
deformed pig

Deformities, sickness & livestock deaths: the real cost of glyphosate & GM animal feed?

Andrew Wasley

28th November 2013

Much of our meat and dairy produce is made from animals raised on GM feeds. Alarming new claims suggest that the GM diet is affecting animal health - prompting fears over human safety. Andrew Wasley reports ... more...
Baby feet. Photo:  Denis Vrublevski / Shutterstock.com.

Fukushima fallout damaged thyroid glands of California babies

Chris Busby

19th November 2013

A new study finds that radioactive Iodine from Fukushima has caused a significant increase in hypothyroidism among babies in California, 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. more...

Our daily bread

Hazel Sillver

Do a 2-week gluten fast and you may just see your energy levels double...... more...

How an electric bike improved my fitness

Susan Clark

After a month together, Susan Clark and her borrowed electric bike part company but is she hooked and will she spend £1,000 plus to make their relationship a permanent one?
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Forest Holidays: Happiness (Proven) Amongst The Trees

Susan Clark

If you go down to the woods today (and stay at least until tomorrow) you're sure to come home feeling a whole lot better says Susan Clark, who recommends holing up in one of the UK's Forest Holidays' log cabins for a day or two ... more...

Nature Engagement & Cycling

by Susan Clark

In week three of e-biking to work, a chance encounter with a fox leaves Susan Clark asking why we don't do more to stop habitat loss and protect our wildlife more...

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