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CAFO

Revealed: the secret horror of the world's 'mega' factory farms

Matilda Lee

9th November, 2011

As the UK grapples with the arrival of 'mega' farms like Nocton and Foston, a shocking new book, CAFO, reveals the cruelty and vast scale of the global meat and dairy industry more...

Giri Raja: the Forest King – reporting on the “wonder-chicken” hailed as a solution to feeding India’s poor

Andrew Wasley

7th August, 2008

It was bred to aid the rural poor, but one bird is also helping break industrialised farming’s stranglehold on India. Andrew Wasley meets the remarkable Giriraja 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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Agriculture in Africa

Africa's Green Revolution 2.0: rejecting agribusiness, pesticides and GM greenwash

Chris Milton

26th May, 2011

A pioneering campaign is challenging industrial agriculture in Africa, returning food sovereignty to the people and empowering women to lead a new movement that rejects the 'pesticide and loan culture' of the first Green Revolution. Chris Milton reports

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India organic food

Organic farming – India's future perfect?

Nishika Patel, The Guardian

12th May, 2011

A budding interest in organic food offers farmers soaring incomes and higher yields, but critics say it's not the answer to India's fast-rising food demands more...
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Burying The Truth, the orginal Ecologist investigation into Monsanto and Brofiscin Quarry

Jon Hughes & Pat Thomas

11th October, 2007

What does Douglas Gowan know that everyone else wants to keep hidden? For 40 years the story of Brofiscin Quarry – now the most polluted place in the UK – has been suppressed... more...
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Plans for UK's largest dairy farm scrapped over water pollution fears

Tom Levitt

16th February, 2011

Controversial mega-dairy farm in village of Nocton generated heavy opposition from local residents, animal welfare and environmental groups who feared it could lead to wave of US-style mega-dairies. Tom Levitt reports more...

What's the real environmental cost of the French baguette?

Carolyn Lebel

8th February, 2011

Water in France's 'breadbasket' - where much of the wheat used to make the iconic baguette is grown - is under threat from industrial agriculture, with excessive consumption and contamination by pesticides and nitrates. Carolyn Lebel reports... more...
Pig Business

Pig Business: the film the industrial pork lobby tried to silence

The Ecologist

3rd February,2011

Ahead of Pig Business's debut screening at the EU Parliament in Brussels, watch highlights from Tracy Worcester's mammoth investigation into the truth behind cheap pork more...
GM chicken

GM disease resistant animals 'cover-up' for factory farming

Tom Levitt

14th January, 2011

The successful breeding of chickens genetically modified not to transmit the bird flu virus could lead to many more GM resistant livestock being produced more...

Contaminated eggs: industrial farming leading to dioxin-type food scares

Joanna Blythman and Tom Levitt

14th January, 2011

The latest food scare - the contamination of British eggs with the cancer causing chemical dioxin - can be linked to our reliance on complex food chains and industrial production methods, report Joanna Blythman and Tom Levitt more...

Greenhorns: the network that's breathing new life into US farming

David Hawkins

14th September, 2010

It's helping attract youthful talent into sustainable agriculture across the US, but can the Greenhorns movement survive in the land of Big Ag, or cross the Atlantic to the UK? more...

industrial farming: 1/25 of 25

Agroecological farming methods being ignored, says UN expert

Ecologist

28th June, 2010

Success of agroecology in Brazil, Cuba and Africa should be replicated in place of current support for intensive farming techniques more...
Coffee bean

CASE STUDY: Growing coffee more sustainably in Costa Rica

Theodora Tsentas

6th April, 2010

It's not organic but ‘pro-environmental sustainable' farming practices could help coffee farmers move away from damaging industrial monoculture more...
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Capital Growth: London’s floating gardens

Louise Downing

26th February, 2009

Capital Growth and British Waterways have teamed up in a bid to convert London’s canals into flourishing floating vegetable gardens. more...
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The Forest King

Andrew Wasley

7th August, 2008

It was bred to aid the rural poor, but one bird is also helping break industrialised farming’s stranglehold on India. Andrew Wasley meets the remarkable Giriraja
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Drizzle with care

Laura Sevier

7th August, 2008

With vast areas decimated by industrial farming, the salad days are over for mass-produced olive oil. Laura Sevier looks at the effect its rise in popularity has had on the European landscape, and at some more sustainable brands. more...
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Burying The Truth

Jon Hughes & Pat Thomas

11th October, 2007

What does Douglas Gowan know that everyone else wants to keep hidden? For 40 years the story of Brofiscin Quarry – now the most polluted place in the UK – has been suppressed...
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EXLUSIVE: How the Environment Agency is gagging one eyewitness to what is potentially one of the UK's biggest environmental crimes

Jon Hughes & Pat Thomas

22nd March, 2007

The Environment Agency (EA) is within weeks of letting Monsanto escape its liability for dumping thousands of tonnes of cancer-causing chemicals – including all the ingredients of the DDT defoliant Agent Orange – in two quarries in Wales. more...
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The Water Hyacinth

Tom Hargreaves

1st October, 2003

This beautiful but deadly plant proliferates in lakes across Africa – choking everything in its path. Why, asks Tom Hargreaves, have all attempts to manage it failed? more...
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Debate, What Debate?

Andy Rowell

1st July, 2003

The GM public debate, which runs throughout June and July, is the public’s chance to express any concerns it may have over the growing of GM crops in Britain. Andy Rowell explains why your participation is vital more...
Investigations

Silent Earth

Andrew Kimbell

1st June, 2003

Myth number 7: Industrial agriculture benefits the environment and wildlife more...
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Bigger But Not Better

Andrew Kimbrell

1st April, 2003

Myth Number 5: INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE IS EFFICIENT more...
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Cargill: size is everything

Brewster Kneen

1st April, 2003

If you want to understand why globalisation is so destructive, you need look no further than the invisible food giant Cargill. By Brewster Kneen. more...
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Fatal Harvest

The Ecologist

1st November, 2002

In the second part of our adaptation of Fatal Harvest’s iconoclastic analysis of agribusiness propaganda, The Ecologist reveals the real cost of industrial food.
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