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Seedtime by Scott Chaskey is published by Rodale Press.

Manipulating the seeds of life

Karl Grossman

4th March 2014

Seeds are the gift of nature and past generations to us, and our gift to the future. Karl Grossman reviews 'Seedtime' - and finds that we must make that gift wholesome and fruitful - not a Pandora's box of genetically modified horrors. more...
Guaranteed GMO-free. Image: the Non-GMO project.

GMO labeling - the tide is turning

Dr Mae Wan Ho

4th February 2014

While GM labeling is slowly gaining ground, the Non-GMO, GM-Free, and Organic labels are taking US health food markets by storm. Dr Mae Wan Ho reports ... more...
Crop spraying near Harvington, Worcestershire, England. Photo: muffinn via Flickr.com.

Revealed: the chemical blitz of pesticides in our fields

Dave Goulson

30th January 2014

An ordinary arable field in Sussex is sprayed with pesticides 22 times over a single growing season. Dave Goulson wonders how the bees can survive this toxic onslaught - and exactly who benefits. more...
'DDT is good for me!' - detail of Penn Salt chemicals advertisement in Time magazine June 30, 1947. Photo: Crossett Library via Flickr.com.

DDT link to Alzheimers

Sophie Morlin-Yron

29th January 2014

A new study shows a strong link between exposure to the pesticide DDT and Alzheimer's dementia. Sophie Morlin-Yron reports. more...
Crop spraying on a windy day. Photo: CropShot via Flickr.com.

Keep Agent Orange herbicide out of our food!

Christoph Then, Helen Wallace & Hans Muilerman

28th January 2014

The growing trend for GM crops incorporating herbicide resistance now threatens to flood Europe's crops and groundwater with the Agent Orange chemical 2,4-D. The madness must stop now. more...
Ed Hamer and horse, hard at work. Photo: Chagfood.

Horsepower - the future of farming?

Andrew Wasley

28th January 2014

A radical experiment in community supported agriculture is attempting to break farming's reliance on fossil fuels and unsustainable practices. Andrew Wasley met green farmer Ed Hamer for this exclusive extract from The Ecologist Guide To Food. more...
Wheat among the trees - agroforestry at Wakelyns Farm. Photo: Wakelyns Farm.

The many faces of Real Farming

Colin Tudge and Graham Harvey

4th February 2014

Many contemporary farmers - despite a hostile economic environment - are finding new ways to make ecological farming viable. Colin Tudge and Graham Harvey have tracked down some inspiring examples ... more...
Rally to Support GMO food labeling at Connecticut State Capitol, 21st May 2013. Photo: CT Senate Democrats via Flickr.com.

US food industry: labelling laws are 'unconstitutional'

Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins

25th January 2014

A leaked document reveals plans by the US's Grocery Manufacturers Association to sue the first state that passes a GMO labeling law. Vermont will be the decisive battle-ground, report Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins. more...
Fish-free fish oil - no more taking the mackerel? Photo: Bill Abbott via Flickr.com.

GMO 'fish oil' crop trials - how to respond?

Oliver Tickell

24th January 2014

Rothamsted Research has applied to field trial GM Camelina plants that make long chain omega-3 fatty acids - an important nutrient currently available only from fish. This poses a dilemma for those who have so far opposed GMO foods. more...
Densely-packed turtles in the Cayman turtle farm. Photo: © Catherine Mason.

Farming sea turtles is no solution

Rachel Alcock

25th January 2014

Green sea turtles are endangered worldwide. So does the Cayman Islands' sea turtle farm, which raises the sea reptiles as a luxury food, assist their conservation? Quite the reverse, argues Rachel Alcock. more...
Graphic inspired by Honey Nut Cheerios by Andres Musta via Flickr.com.

General Mills - get GMOs out of Honey Nut Cheerios!

The Ecologist

22nd January 2014

No letup in pressure: new consumer campaign builds off recent victory in getting General Mills to remove GMOs from Original Cheerios. more...
Typical mixed crop-livestock farming of western Kenya, outside the border town of Busia where smallholders mix crop growing with livestock raising. Photo: ILRI / Pye-Smith.

Low input farming - diversity is the key

Colin Tudge and Graham Harvey

22nd January 2014

Sustainable, agriculture must be low-input - and this can only achieved in diverse, tightly integrated agro-ecological systems. The real future of farming lies in complex polycultures ... in short, mixed farming. more...

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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...
Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata), Mapangubwe National Park, South Africa. The tree is a rich source of nutritious fruit for wildlife and humans. Photo: Martin Heigan via Flickr.com.

GMO-free bioscience to feed Africa's farming families

Howard-Yana Shapiro

19th January 2014

For 600 million rural people across Africa, the food they grow is the food they eat. A new plant breeding academy in Kenya is using advanced genomic technologies to produce more robust and nutritious crops, writes Howard-Yana Shapiro. more...
The Tripa Forest burning at night, cleared for palm oil. Photo: Carlos Quiles / RAN -  ran.org/tripa-expose -  via Flickr.com.

Palm oil company's $30 million fine for burning rainforest

The Ecologist

17th January 2014

An Indonesian palm oil company has been convicted of large-scale burning of protected swamp forest in Aceh - home to some of Sumatra's last orangutans. more...

Farm antibiotics 'creating super-bugs'

The Ecologist

15th January 2014

Evidence presented to a Parliamentary select committee shows that excessive use of antibiotics on farms has led to the evolution of three antibiotic-resistant superbugs since 1998. more...
I'll take the non-GMO, please. Photo: J.C. Burns via Flickr.com.

Supreme Court denies US farmers protection against Monsanto

Food Democracy Now

15th January 2014

The US Supreme Court has denied organic and GMO-free farmers their day in Court against Monsanto - leaving them unable to challenge the company's patents or seek redress for GMO seed contamination. more...

GMO labelling - Big Food fights back

Meg Berlin

14th January 2014

Consumers beware - the US food industry is working overtime urging lawmakers to sponsor a Bill to prevent pro-active labeling of GMO foods at a State level. more...
Bob Marley image by Luiz Fernando Reis via Flickr.com.

Legalize ... them!

Jill Richardson

13th January 2014

The phony justification for the US's ban on hemp makes even less sense than it did before Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana. Jill Richardson says its high time to legalize them both. more...
Cornfield message in support march against Monsanto, October 2013. Photo: Light Brigading via Flickr.com.

Stop import of 'super-GM' SmartStax maize!

Oliver Tickell

9th January 2014

A Complaint has been filed today with the European Commission to prevent import of the 'super-GM' SmartStax maize developed by Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences. more...
Intensive pig farm: a ripe environment for infections to spread. Photo: Pig Business - www.bigbusiness.co.uk.

Tax farm antibiotics to fight superbugs

Aidan Hollis

14th January 2014

Faced with the rise of antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' we desperately need to curtail the use of antibiotics on farms - and develop new and effective treatments. The answer, says Aidan Hollis, is to make the farmer pay. more...
Would you buy popcorn from Owen Paterson? And no, it's not GM. With Joe & Sephs Gourmet Popcorn. Photo: UKTI via Flickr.com.

Owen Paterson: Europe must embrace GM

Fiona Harvey in Oxford for The Guardian

7th January 2014

Europe is likely to become ''the museum of world farming'' because of the failure to embrace GMOs, UK environment secretary Owen Paterson said today. Fiona Harvey reports ...
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Right 2 Know March in Washington DC for mandatory GMO Labeling. Photo: Daniel Lobo.

GMO and 'natural' food - let the fight begin

Ronnie Cummins

9th January 2014

In the red corner, the increasingly successful citizens' campaign to label foods containing GMO ingredients. In the blue, a supine government and powerful GMO and grocery industry that will fight it all the way. Welcome to 2014 ... more...
Clover and Fescue. Photo: David Bradbeer via Flickr.com.

The future is agroecology

Colin Tudge and Graham Harvey

6th January 2014

The way to a sustainable, people-centred agriculture lies in agroecology - farming based on ecological principles, taking account of the interdependence of all living things. more...
Sustainable food is good food. A Farmers' Market in Jackson, Mississippi. Photo: NatalieMaynor via Flickr.com.

Sustainable food is excellent food!

Sharon Garfinkel

3rd January 2014

The True Cost Accounting in Food and Farming conference was remarkable - star speakers ... fine food, drink and music ... even an impromptu Panto performance. In short, writes Sharon Garfinkel, it was an inspiration to all who attended. more...

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