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Monsoon Bliss in the Nilgiri Hills of Kerala - now baking in the torrid  summer heat as the monsoon fails to make landfall on cue. Photo: ram reddy via Flickr (CC BY-NC).

India's killer heatwave - a deadly warning of the world we face, without climate action

Liz Hanna

30th May 2015

As delegates prepare for the Bonn climate talks, India is being struck by extreme heat with a long-delayed monsoon season and a death toll of thousands, writes Liz Hanna. If this is an indicator of the warming world to come, it's giving us all the reasons we could possibly want to act decisively before it's too late. more...
The Common Carder Bumblebee is easy to identify - it's a drab gingery brown all over. Photo: Dave Goulson.

Help our vital pollinators - join the Great British Bee Count!

29th May 2015

Paul de Zylva / Friends of the Earth

You can help save our bees with 'citizen science', writes Paul de Zylva - recording those you spot in your local area to help build up a long term picture of their changing numbers. Today we publish an identification guide to the 'top ten' bees, so you can get started right away. But be quick - the Great British Bee Count 2015 ends on Sunday. more...

Farming Freedom

Lorna Howarth

17th January 2014

A simple agricultural technique could release farmers from the grip of agrochemical corporations. With no patents, no royalties and no licensing fees, this system just benefits the farmers. more...

The real point of GM food is corporate control of farming

1st November 2013

Colin Tudge

The claims made for GM agriculture are a transparent fraud. The real purpose of GM foods is to give giant corporations legally-enforceable monopoly powers over the entire global food chain. more...

To GM or not to GM?

October 28th, 2013

Satish Kumar

Evolution favours diversity and decentralisation. GM food favours monoculture and monopoly. So, in my view, this so-called scientific food revolution is anti-evolution ... more...

Badger culls kill scientific honesty

October 15th, 2013

By Lesley Docksey

In the first of a three part analysis of the ongoing UK badger cull Lesley Docksey examines current and historical data and concludes that the government are simply ignoring the science of epidemiology.......... more...

Known Unknowns - risk, uncertainty and doubt are stalking global farming

October 15th, 2013

By Peter Baker

Peter Baker argues that finding solutions to the challenges facing modern agriculture will not be found in market-based mechanisms or further intensification of land, but by harnessing the diversity of human ingenuity..... more...
Cows outdoors

Livestock falling ill in fracking regions, raising concerns about food

28th January, 2013

Elizabeth Royte

In the midst of the US domestic energy boom, livestock on farms near oil-and-gas drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying. Elizabeth Royte reports more...

Introducing Frontline Online: a weekly round up of environmental news and action from around the globe

January 12th, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

In her new weekly column, the Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on the stories that show standing up for what we believe in can and does make a real difference. more...
Garden Organic's 'I don't dig peat' campaign

Ireland's 'Grow it Yourself' self-help food growing community coming to the UK

Rebecca Campbell

16th May, 2012

Grow It Yourself is a popular community organisation with a vision of bringing people together in a sustainable and healthier way through organic food growing. Now it has plans to launch further afield in the UK more...
Nose to tail fortnight

Meat matters: London restaurants gear up for ‘nose-to-tail' fortnight

Mark Briggs

1st May, 2012

Chefs aim to prevent good food going to waste by serving up offal and other rare meat cuts during the 'nose to tail' fortnight organised by Sustain more...
How to start a co-operative, the Ecologist

How to start a co-operative in five steps

Giles Simon

20th April, 2012

From artisan bakers to green energy schemes, co-operative businesses, owned and run by members, are enjoying a renaissance. Here the co-operative trade association offers a practical guide to creating your own more...

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TAKE ACTION: Support Friends of the Earth's National Bee Action Plan

Mark Briggs

11th April, 2012

In China, pear trees have had to be pollinated by hand after bees were wiped out by industrial farming. Now FOE have launched a petition to get the UK government to help halt the decline in Britain's own bee population more...
The Ecologist guide to skills, courses and employment

The Ecologist guide to skills and courses 2012

Laurie Tuffrey

1st February, 2012

What does it take to make it in the low-carbon economy? The Ecologist takes a look at the skills and courses that will set you up for success more...
The Ecologist guide to skills, courses and employment

The Ecologist guide to skills, courses and employment

Laurie Tuffrey

1st February, 2012

What does it take to make it in the low-carbon economy? The Ecologist takes a look at the skills and courses that will set you up for success 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...
Community garden in Essex

The only way is Essex: the community breathing new life into a disused country estate

Laura Sevier

11th November, 2011

In Romford, Essex, villagers are getting their hands dirty transforming a historic walled garden at Bedfords Park more...
Agriculture in Africa

Durban climate change conference: why farming is the biggest issue for Africa

Rosie Spinks

4th November, 2011

With little hope of a binding deal on climate change at the latest UN summit, campaigners are hoping that Africa's COP will tackle the issue that plagues the continent most: agriculture more...
Peak phosphorus

How phosphorus shortages could increase global food prices

Hannah Hislop

28th October, 2011

Phosphorus is a crucial nutrient and a vital component of fertiliser, a mainstay of modern farming. But we could be heading for a major shortfall in supplies, argues Hannah Hislop, with some alarming consequences more...
Grasslands Trust

Can the common agricultural policy save England's green and pleasant land?

Matilda Lee

11th October, 2011

As reform of the EU's agriculture policy gets underway, Miles King of the Grassland Trust tells Matilda Lee how intensive farming has all but destroyed England's 'rainforests' and why it's time we started asking for more from our farmers more...
Neal's Yard Remedies

Neal's Yard Remedies: organic skincare to feed the soul

Laura Sevier

14th September, 2011

Neal's Yard Remedies is a cut above other skincare companies in its commitment to natural ingredients. Laura Sevier speaks to owner Peter Kindersley about the brand's deep ecology more...
The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes, 1945-95

The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes,1945-95

Mark Newton

8th September, 2011

Phillip Conford's treatise on the rise of the organic movement is anything but dull, says Mark Newton more...
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The Harvest: new film reveals scourge of child labour in US farming

Rosie Spinks

1st September, 2011

Despite campaigning to reduce child labour internationally, the US is home to at least 230,000 child labourers toiling in the fields to pick blueberries, tomatoes or cotton more...
A GM tomato

RESPONSE: Why a deregulated approach to GM crops is 'deeply flawed'

Paul Johnston

23rd August, 2011

Greenpeace's chief scientist Dr Paul Johnston on why recent proposals to expand GM technology support a flawed agricultural system and serve the biotech companies with the greatest vested interests more...
Imports of processed cheese and french fries have soared

Why 'long-life' sandwiches could be bad for health and the environment

Sarah Lewis-Hammond

4th August, 2011

Processed food is becoming a national favourite but canned sandwiches, cheese that stays fresh for years and ready meals high in salt, sugar and fat come with a worrying health and ecological footprint, reports Sarah Lewis-Hammond

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