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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...

Lab grown meat: a low-fat, low-carbon, cruelty-free future?

Matilda Lee

6th April, 2010

The technology isn't fully developed yet, but when meat really can be grown in a lab it's going to turn all our arguments about carnivorous diets on their heads... more...

Each day, you have three votes to change the food system

Michael Pollan

1st April, 2010

In this extract from Stuffed, Michael Pollan spells out the simple rules for buying and eating real food more...
roast chicken lunch

How to campaign for better school food

Laura Sevier

25th March, 2010

All you need to know to get fresher, healthier and greener food into your child's school - from nurseries to primary and secondary schools more...

How to decode food labels and shop with a conscience

Pat Thomas

16th March, 2010

Is it healthy? Is it 
organic? Is it fairly traded? How far has it travelled? At times, making informed choices can feel like a full-time job. Here is a pocket guide to buying food from the new book Stuffed more...
Clover

How to grow a green manure

Andy Hamilton

11th March, 2010

Your soil will love you for it, wildlife thrives in it and weeds are deterred by it. Here is the what, why and how of green manure more...

How to green your school

Ecologist

10th February, 2010

School buildings, food, waste - even the curriculum itself should all support a connection to, and appreciation for, the environment. Here are some resources to get you started more...

The Soup Book

Sophie Grigson, Jeanette Orrey, Eric Treuille

29th December, 2009

Wholesome, seasonal, frugal, simple, fresh, homegrown and hardy...The Soil Association Soup Book's recipes are sure to delight all. Read on for some tasty recipes more...
maize stubble in a harvested field

Copenhagen could lead to increase in intensive farming

Ed Hamer

14th December, 2009

All sectors must play their part in a global emissions deal, but could including agriculture in the mix lead to an intensification of farming and money for GM crops? more...
A seedling pushes through the earth

Agriculture: Copenhagen's blind spot

Peter Melchett

7th December, 2009

By not properly discussing agriculture at national or international climate negotiations, we are avoiding tackling not just a huge source of emissions, but also a potential carbon sink more...

How to get community investment in green projects

Ed Hamer

11th November, 2009

Many a good idea has floundered for lack of funds, but with today's models for community finance this need no longer be so... more...
Healthy compost in the palm of a hand

10 resources for better food growing

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Food and farming is in crisis but there is hope for the future - from organics and Slow Food to permaculture and land share schemes more...

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Do Lectures

The Do Lectures: a Glastonbury for the mind

Jaswinder Kaur

27th August, 2009

Once a year in rural Wales twenty 'doers' assemble in a small tent and tell their stories. The aim is to inspire the rest of us to go and do something positive. more...

CASE STUDY: the Slow Food revolution

Matilda Lee

20th July, 2009

Can the delicious revolution reach out to the uncommitted? more...
Tom Hodgkinson

The Romans could teach us about soils and climate change

Tom Hodgkinson

2nd October, 2009

What have the Romans ever done for us? Well, they did at least try to warn us that intensive farming would render our soils and civilisation unviable... more...
Kids' Taste Tent at the Organic Food Festival

The Organic Food Festival, Bristol

Emma Bocking

17th September, 2009

The largest festival of its kind in Europe was smaller this year but still a food lover's dream. Emma Bocking reports more...

Looking after your soil: Clarissa Dixon-Wright's top tips

Clarissa Dixon-Wright

10th September, 2009

From weeding, to digging and composting, watering and mulching, get to know the good earth better more...
Soil erosion is being blamed on poor farming practices

Half India’s land degraded: agro-chemicals partly to blame

Ecologist

17th August, 2009

Deforestation, wind erosion and poor farming practices blamed for deterioration of soil as the real costs of the Green Revolution are measured more...
What if... Government bought green?

Can Defra deliver its 2030 food vision?

Ecologist

11th August, 2009

Pressure groups question whether Defra has the power to drive reforms in the food sector more...
Cattle in a deforested area of the Amazon

Organic food: FSA study leaves bad taste in the mouth

Tom Levitt

1st August, 2009

The findings from the FSA's organic food review have added little to our knowledge but left consumers short-changed on real benefits of organic food. more...
What if... Government bought green?

What if... Government bought green?

Maria Cross

14th July, 2009

Ask those involved in public food procurement if they would like to see fresh, local ingredients on menus and they will say yes. Then they will list all the reasons why it wouldn't work. Not so, argues Maria Cross - and here's how more...
A ploughed field

Change farming to cut CO2 emissions by 25 per cent

Eifion Rees

3rd July, 2009

A new report has revealed that a change in the way we manage agricultural land could help sequester a quarter of the world's carbon dioxide emissions every year more...
natural beauty

'Natural' and 'organic' beauty to be standardised

Matilda Lee

26th June, 2009

The Soil Association hopes that Cosmos, the new natural cosmetics standard, will lead to cleaner, greener ingredients in mainstream beauty products more...
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Opening a can of worms

Phil Moore

15th October, 2008

It might be fair to say that the earthworm is a farmer’s best friend. more...
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(Re)discovering (s)oil

Richard Heinberg

1st October, 2008

It’s hard to learn much or do much about sustainability without getting your hands dirty. more...

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