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The Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines have been declared free of all genetically modified orgaisms (GMOs). Photo: Agricmarketing at en.wikipedia.org.

Golden Rice ignores the risks, the people and the real solutions

Daniel Ocampo

28th December 2013

'Golden Rice' is being promoted by GM advocates as a solution to malnutrition. But Daniel Ocampo says it is for the 'target populations' in the Philippines and elsewhere to decide whether to accept the technology - and they don't want it! more...

Romania rejects Rosia Montana gold mine

The Ecologist

12th December 2013

Romania's parliament has voted down changes to mining laws that would have allowed Europe's biggest open cast pit gold mine to go ahead at Rosia Montana in the Carpathian mountains. more...
Owen Paterson speaking at food business innovation summit. Photo: UKTI / Flikr.com.

Genetically modified politicians

Lesley Docksey

24th November 2013

The UK Government policy on genetically modified (GM) crops is "precautionary, evidence-based and sensitive to public concerns". Lesley Docksey asks: who are they kidding? more...

Owen Paterson: the minister for GM hype

Zac Goldsmith MP

8th November 2013

The environment secretary's stance on GM food is grotesque, argues Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith. more...
Golden rice

Golden rice naysayers ignore the world's need for nutrition

Dale Sanders

6th November 2013

Professor Dale Sanders takes issue with Zac Goldsmith, former editor of The Ecologist. Is 'golden rice' a Trojan Horse for the GM industry, or nutritional manna from heaven for the world's poor? more...

The heavy price of Greek gold

Jim Wickens

25th July 2013

The birthplace of Aristotle is being laid waste by a vast mining project, opening a rift in a cash-strapped society more...
Plane flying over palm trees

A third runway at Heathrow would be an off-the-scale betrayal

Zac Goldsmith

11th September, 2012

David Cameron will pay a high price if he opts for the unfair and unpopular non-solution that Heathrow expansion represents more...
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Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...
Evgenia Chirikova, Goldman Prize 2012

Evgenia Chirikova: 'Putinomics' the biggest threat to Russia's environmental movement

Ecologist

19th April, 2012

'We all live in Khimki Forest' has become the rallying cry of a local forest defense campaign. Goldman Prize winner Evgenia Chirikova describes what it's like to be green in Russia the why a culture of impunity and corruption risks destroying the country's natural heritage more...
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Glencore faces questions over controversial DRC mine sales

Brett Scott

9th February, 2012

Moves by unknown shell companies to control lucrative natural resources may have cost Democratic Republic of Congo $1 billion in lost revenue, as UK-listed mining company Glencore under pressure to explain deals more...
Ecologist cover A Blueprint for Survival January 1972

The Ecologist January 1972: a blueprint for survival

Bethany Hubbard

27th January, 2012

Forty years ago the Ecologist published its landmark ‘A Blueprint for Survival’ issue outlining the need for a serious economic and environmental overhaul more...

Tainted gold: thousands join protest against Peru's largest ever mining project

Gervase Poulden

17th January, 2012

A US-backed billion-dollar gold mine has attracted thousands of protestors in recent weeks. Many have the poor economic legacy of existing mines fresh in their minds, reports Gervase Pouldon in Cajamarca, Peru more...

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Can GM-free biofortified crops succeed after Golden Rice controversy?

Tom Levitt

12th December, 2011

Plans for GM 'Golden Rice' have divided critics, but Howarth Bouis from HarvestPlus explains why their non-GM biofortified crops with higher portions of key vitamins can succeed in tackling malnutrition more...
Richard Willson

Obituary: Ecologist cartoonist Richard Willson

Peter Bunyard & Robert Prescott-Allen

30th November, 2011

Two founding members of the Ecologist pay tribute to a talented and thoughtful man whose wildly seditious cartoons in the magazine called into question accepted dogma on everything from economic growth to science more...
gold

The hidden costs of gold: mercury poisoning blights mining communities

Jody Clarke

14th November, 2011

The high price of gold has sent thousands into the informal mining sector and exposed workers and the environment to the devastating effects of mercury poisoning more...
Teddy Goldsmith

Remembering Teddy: new website honours the founder of the Ecologist

Ben Hudson

21st October, 2011

Teddy Goldsmith’s death left a hole at the heart of the green movement. The website set up in his memory is a fitting tribute to his life's work and is a must-read for the eco-conscious, says Ben Hudson more...
Stock exchange

How Goldman Sachs started the food speculation frenzy

Alan Bjerga

13th September, 2011

US Investment bank Goldman Sachs convinced government officials in the early 1990s to allow it to start gambling on the price of food. Alan Bjerga explains how they did it more...
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Cool jewels: ethical design hits London Jewellery Week

Ruth Styles

7th June, 2011

London Jewellery Week is kicking off and there’s no shortage of creative talent combining ethics with fashion. Ruth Styles rounds up five designers who are helping to make bijoux green more...
Raoul du Toit, 2011 Goldman Prize winner

Raoul du Toit: Saving Zimbabwe's black rhino

Matilda Lee

31st May, 2011

Despite increased poaching threats, a difficult political situation, drought and climate change, Goldman Prize Winner Raoul du Toit has pioneered a new approach in community stakeholding to save the black rhino more...
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Clean and green: Green Tips eco marigolds

Sella Oneko

22nd April, 2011

Like it or not, washing up has to be done daily so give it a green-over with Green Tips eco-friendly cleaning gloves more...
Soldier in the DRC

Gold's Costly Dividend: film reveals the hidden side of gold production

Ecologist

21st February,2011

In the month that the world's first Fair Trade gold is launched, Human Rights Watch release a film reporting on alleged abuses at Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea more...
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World's first Fairtrade gold goes on sale in the UK

Ruth Styles

12th February, 2011

The Fair Trade Foundation and the Alliance For Responsible Mining join forces to challenge unsustainable gold mining industry in Colombia and Peru more...

Green weddings: how to get married ethically

Eifion Rees

3rd December, 2010

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the coming together of marriage and environmentalism. Do you, reader, take this, the Ecologist, to be your guide to environmentally friendly weddings... more...
Sockeye salmon

UK and USA retailers join boycott against Alaska's 'dirty gold'

Tom Levitt

3rd November, 2010

Leading jewellery outlets including Fraser Hart, Tiffany & Co and Beaverbrooks say they won't use gold from London-based Anglo America's proposed mine in the Alaskan wilderness more...

Do the environmental benefits of gardens outweigh the need for affordable houses?

Simon Leadbeater

19th October,2010

The need for more affordable housing is often cited as a reason for building on often-environmentally important garden plots. But does such a policy result in more cheap homes? Apparently not, argues Simon Leadbeater more...

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