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'Leg it' by Do The Green Thing.

Tonight's Earth Hour - it's really about what you do next ...

Rebecca Cooke

29th March 2014

In the lead-up to tonight's Earth Hour one organisation is putting the creative community on the front lines of the battle for climate change. Rebecca Cooke reports on the remarkable series of 29 posters to provoke and intrigue us into climate action. more...
Crop dusting near Ripley, Mississippi, USA. Roger Smith via Flickr.com.

'Extreme levels' of Roundup are the norm in GMO soya

Thomas Bøhn and Marek Cuhra

1st April 2014

To accommodate high levels of Roundup residues in GM soya, limits were raised 200-fold - with no scientific justification and ignoring growing evidence of toxicity. What Monsanto calls 'extreme levels' are now the norm - but only in GM crops. more...
A badger out hunting for worms. Photo: Andrea via Flickr.com.

Paterson - preparing to ditch the badger cull?

Oliver Tickell

27th March 2013

Owen Paterson answered MPs' questions today about bovine TB and the badger cull. Answers were few, but the emphasis has shifted ... could the revised BTB strategy contain a significant omission - the cull? more...
Guanaco in Chile's Torres del Payne National Park. Photo: Fernando Venegas Traba via Flickr.com.

When rewilding isn't mad - guanacos can transform the espinal of Chile

Meredith Root-Bernstein

27th March 2014

The degraded Mediterranean-like savannas of Central Chile are in serious need of re-wilding, writes Meredith Root-Bernstein. And that means bringing back the guanaco, hunted out 500 years ago, to browse on the thorny acacia scrub. more...
Emmanuel Giboulot.

Organic winemaker risks prison for not using pesticide

Sandra Saadi

28th March 2013

An organic farmer in France's Cote d'Or has been prosecuted for refusing to spray insecticide on his vineyard - and is anxiously awaiting the verdict, due on 7th April. He faces 6 months in prison and a €30,000 fine. more...
Exporting protein from Brazil to feed the pigs, cows and chickens of Europe and beyond: Cargill's soya terminal at Santarem, between Rio Amazonas and Rio Tapajos. Photo: Sara y Tzunki via Flickr.com.

Ending hunger - the rich world holds the keys

Olivier De Schutter

25th March 2014

Food - and the land we grow it on - are much too important to be left to 'free' markets, writes Olivier De Schutter. And all the more so when those markets are not really free at all, but grossly distorted in favour of the rich. more...
On 10 March 1943 Hitler visited Army Group South's headquarters in occupied Ukraine. Photo: Heinrich Hoffmann / German Federal Archives / Wikimedia Commons.

Ukraine - the corporate annexation

JP Sottile

21st March 2014

As the US and EU apply sanctions on Russia over its annexation' of Crimea, JP Sottile reveals the corporate annexation of Ukraine. For Cargill, Chevron, Monsanto, there's a gold mine of profits to be made from agri-business and energy exploitation. more...
For Sale - the Co-op's Stoughton Farm.

Halt the Co-op Farm sale - save the co-operative tradition

Helena Paul & Pete Riley

20th March 2014

The Co-operative Group is in deep trouble. Its response is to sell off its farms, in defiance of all its founding values. Instead it should reconnect with its original purpose, write Helena Paul & Pete Riley, and seek creative and truly co-operative solutions. more...
Celestine Akpobari, from World on Want's Nigerian partner Social Action. Photo: WoW.

The new frontlines of war

Paul Collins

20th March 2014

This Saturday War on Want holds its Frontlines conference in London on the global conflict between communities and corporations, writes Paul Collins. Featuring a host of inspiring speakers, it will forge new alliances and new strategies of resistance. more...
This freshly slaughtered lamb was killed with respect and compassion by a 'shochet', a pious Jew who has in mind the life of the animal as he draws the knife across its neck. Photo: Seth Frantzman via Flickr.com.

We don't care how farm animals live - so why care how they die?

William Naphy

19th March 2014

The debate about halal and kosher animal slaughter is missing the point, writes William Naphy. The question of consciousness at the moment of death is far less important than the suffering animals endure in the preceding minutes, hours, days and months. more...
Early stages of Holistic Planned Grazing with Dexter cattle awaiting their daily move at Haye Farm, Worcestershire. Photo: Stuart Norgrove.

The omni-benefits of regenerative pasture

Natasha Giddings

21st March 2014

Managing grasslands in a way that mimics natural grazing by wild animals improves water infiltration, reduces erosion, conserves nutrients, reduces costs, raises production and increases profits, writes Natasha Giddings. Why isn't everyone doing it? more...
Roundup-Ready corn in a Roundup-bombed landscape, near Adrian, Minnesota. Photo: Matthew Traucht via Flickr.com.

Say No to 'Roundup-ready' GM crops

The Ecologist

17th March 2013

The UK Government is desperate to get planting GM crops - and could get its way as soon as 2015. Now environment groups warn: our wildlife will suffer - and just as demand for 'GMO-free' food is soaring. more...

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Craig Sams with members of the Poyonaam Women's Group, Belize. Photo: Carbon Gold.

Biochar is 'carbon gold' for Belize's cacao farmers

Craig Sams

5th April 2014

A 'harmonic convergence' in the Mayan calendar set off something big for Craig Sams and his Belizean partners. First, Green & Blacks chocolate - and now an even more ambitious project to restore the world's soils using biochar and organic farming systems. more...
The salmon on your plate is not GMO - and now it's looking more likely to stay that way. Photo: Andrea Pokrzywinski via Flickr.com.

Largest US grocery stores say 'no' to GMO salmon

The Ecologist

7th March 2014

The two largest grocery stores in the United States, Kroger and Safeway, have promised to not sell GMO salmon. Over 9,000 stores nationwide have now committed to being free of the controversial fish. more...
Brian May on a badger cull protest outside Parliament, 1st June 2013. Photo: Brian Minkoff - London Pixels / Wikimedia Commons.

Brian May - from rock star to badger champion

Lesley Docksey

10th March 2014

Brian May is best known as lead guitarist for the rock band Queen. But as Lesley Docksey discovers, he is also an astrophysicist, and a committed - and highly effective - advocate for Britain's wild animals, including badgers put at risk by England's cull programme. more...
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...

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