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Dietary supplements in pill form

The rise of nutraceuticals: how the ‘placebo-driven’ industry has got us hooked

Bethany Hubbard

23rd March, 2012

Big companies, from PepsiCo to Kellogg’s, are cashing in on our interest in health food ‘quick fixes’ while continuing to sell us high fat, sugary foods more...
Pill sandwich with a fork sticking out

Dietary supplement and functional food industry is ‘placebo-driven’ warns expert

Bethany Hubbard

23rd March, 2012

Monsanto, Kellogg’s and PepsiCo are just a few of the companies cashing in on our addiction to nutraceuticals - the fast-growing pharma food and supplements sector more...
An obesogenic diet

US-style 'obesogenic' diet being exported to poor countries, says UN expert

Tom Levitt

14th March, 2012

The West is exporting diabetes and heart disease to poor countries, along with the processed foods that line the shelves of global supermarkets warns UN advisor Olivier De Schutter more...
cut flowers

How to… buy cut flowers

Rebecca Campbell

16th March, 2012

Sunday is Mother's Day, which for many of us, means flowers. But how green are your blooms and can you really get a bunch that doesn’t come with a price for the planet? more...
palm oil

Palm oil: the hidden ingredient causing an ecological disaster

Ben Martin

14th March, 2012

Palm oil is in our food, cleaning products and fuel. But it's destroying rainforest and contributing to climate change. Sustainable certification schemes have been set up, but campaigners increasingly question whether they work more...
Green cuisine: why low carbon eating can help save the planet

Green cuisine: why low carbon eating can help save the planet

Ben Martin

12th March, 2012

Forget low carb; it’s all about low carbon this March. And with everyone from Sir Paul McCartney to Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall getting stuck in for Climate Week, there’s no excuse not to try it more...
Top 10... alternatives to wheat

Top 10... alternatives to wheat

Bethany Hubbard

9th March, 2012

Whether it’s because of GM or gluten; if you’re giving wheat the chop, there’s an eco-friendly alternative to suit you more...
herb guide

How to… grow and use herbs

Michael Littlewood

9th March, 2012

Expand your culinary horizons, says Michael Littlewood, as a confident hand with home-grown herbs will add a new dimension to your cookery more...
In season now: what to eat during March

In season now: what to eat during March

Ben Hudson

5th March, 2012

Spring has (whisper it) sprung, so make the most of the fresh greens and foraged treats popping up in winter’s wake. Gardening expert James Taylor suggests five to get stuck into more...

Agroforestry comes of age, but will UK farmers embrace it?

Ed Hamer

2nd March, 2012

The practical evidence suggests agroforestry in the UK has got something to offer both commercial farmers and smallholders alike. The challenge now, says Ed Hamer, is how to encourage sceptical farmers that planting trees across farmland is a good idea more...
How to…build a raised flowerbed

How to… build a raised flowerbed

Priyanka Mogul and Bethany Hubbard

2nd March, 2012

Whether it’s poor soil or limited space, a raised bed could be the solution to your gardening woes. And with National gardening week approaching there's no better time than now more...
migrant workers orange harvest

Coca Cola responds to orange harvest 'exploitation' controversy

Gianluca Martelliano & Andrew Wasley

28th February, 2012

The soft drinks giant is looking at extending its supply chain audits and facilitating talks on ensuring better standards after Ecologist investigation uncovers squalid conditions and low pay for some migrant workers in Calabria. Gianluca Martelliano & Andrew Wasley report more...

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Coca Cola challenged over orange harvest linked to 'exploitation and squalor'

Andrew Wasley

24th February, 2012

The manufacturer of Fanta is being urged to help address the poor conditions and low wages endured by some African migrant workers harvesting oranges in southern Italy. Andrew Wasley reports from Rosarno more...

How Dow and Monsanto teamed up over 'Agent Orange' herbicide

Richard Schiffman

24th February, 2012

In a match some would say was made in hell, two of the world's leading producers of agro-chemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the herbicide 2, 4-D, - one-half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange more...
Roadkill: sickening or sustainable?

Roadkill: sickening or sustainable?

Ben Martin

20th February, 2012

The idea of eating meat sourced from the roadside - whether deer, pheasant, fox or even otter - might sound revolting to you but for some, it's a gastronomic opportunity and a way of avoiding factory farmed meat more...
Mangroves

Shrimp: luxury food with a hidden environmental price tag

Ecologist

17th February, 2012

Our love affair with shrimp has fuelled the destruction of the 'rainforests of the sea' - mangroves - whose biodiversity and carbon-storing capacities are much undervalued. The author of 'Let Them Eat Shrimp', Kennedy Warne, talks through his alarming findings more...

Violence and pollution stain Brazil's shrimp farming boom

Kennedy Warne

17th February, 2012

Despite being an economic success, prawn farms built in Brazil's mangroves have displaced natural ecosystems and the coastal communities which rely on them, says Kennedy Warne in an exclusive extract from 'Let Them Eat Shrimp'

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Pirate Fishing

Film exposes the tragedy of pirate fishing in Sierra Leone

Priyanka Mogul

14th February, 2012

A new Al Jazeera documentary follows reporter Juliana Ruhfud and producer Orlando von Einsiedel as they investigate Sierra Leone's multi-million dollar illegal fishing trade more...
ethical chocolate

How to... buy ethical chocolate

Bethany Hubbard

14th February, 2012

If you haven't sorted the valentines present out yet, we've rounded up some sugary (and eco friendly) suggestions more...
Bacteria

Salmonella study accused of 'exaggeration' in new battle over factory farm antibiotic use

Tom Levitt

31st January, 2012

Debate over role of farm animals in spreading of superbugs intensifies, as scientific study downplaying fears is accused of serious flaws. Tom Levitt reports more...
The A to Z of foraging

The A to Z of foraging

Chloe Barrow

31st January, 2012

Fed up of paying a premium for supermarket berries and herbs? Take a walk on the wild side and pick your own more...
Salmon

How our growing appetite for salmon is devastating coastal communities in Peru

Andrew Wasley and Jim Wickens

1st December 2008

The coast of Peru is being blighted by a fishmeal industry that's sprung up to satisfy the West’s voracious appetite for salmon – now marine life, human health and whole ecosystems are paying the price. Andrew Wasley and Jim Wickens report more...
Badger

The great badger and bovine TB cover-up: is it really a health risk?

Ed Hamer

30th January, 2011

With controversial plans to allow farmers to cull badgers later this year, Ed Hamer asks whether Bovine TB is really a health problem for either cows or humans more...

UK needs scientific research into agroecology not GM

Patrick Mulvany

25th January, 2012

The greatest challenge facing agricultural scientists is how to work with farmers producing more ecological and healthier food - not GM, argues Patrick Mulvany, chair of the UK Food Group and advisor to Practical Action more...
fish

Peru's vanishing fish stocks 'devastated' by corruption and growing fishmeal demand

Ecologist

26th January, 2012

Soaring global demand for fishmeal primarily for animal feed or fish farms, including salmon, is wrecking havoc on the once abundant fish stocks of the southern Pacific more...

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