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These organic broad beans at Sandly Lane Farm, Oxfordshire, will soon be ready for harvest. Photo: Sandy Lane Farm.

Earth's vitality and the power of happiness

Jigmi Y. Thinley

19th June 2014

Farming should not only sustain people with healthy food, writes Jigmi Y. Thinley. If humans are to survive on Earth, it must also revitalise nature and sustain vital planetary systems, instead of poisoning and over-exploiting them. And to do that farming must be organic. more...
Coming to EU soon - unless the Parliament blocks it. Photo: Dawn One / © Linda and Mikael Hammond / IndyFoto.com via Flickr.

EU go-ahead for GMO crops

The Ecologist

12th June 2014

The EU's Environment Council voted today to devolve GMO decisions to member states - in effect allowing pro-GM governments to go ahead. This messy compromise threatens to allow GMO corporations to ride roughshod over Europe. more...
Switchgrass - 65 tons of it - baled and delivered to a poultry farm. In future, it will be sent in far larger volumes to bioethanol plants. Photo: University of Delaware Carvel REC via Flickr.

GMO bug makes bioethanol direct from grass

Tim Radford

15th June 2014

A new GM bacterium can produce bioethanol from coarse switchgrass, rather than using food crops like maize, writes Tim Radford. It does this by 'digesting' the tough cellulose that yeasts are unable to break down. more...
Image: 'New Fish' by Elena Caldera.

Stop fishing the high seas, say scientists, for climate and ecology

Climate News Network

21st June 2014

Fish from the high seas are too valuable to be eaten, as they lessen climate change through the carbon they carry down to the ocean depths. The carbon benefits are worth $150 billion every year - almost ten times the value of high seas fish landings. more...
An anti-Starbucks rally. Photo: Travis Forden.

Boycott Starbucks! Here's five strong reasons why

Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins

5th June 2014

Starbucks has positioned itself as a 'progressive' brand - but it's no such thing. It refuses to commit to fair trade coffee, organic milk, GMO-free / organic foods and snacks, and supports the mighty Grocery Manufacturers Association, lobbyist for GMOs and industrial agriculture. more...
The fire is burning merrily in the cob oven. Photo: Smallholder Training.

Green cooking in a cob oven - and how to build your own

Debbie Kingsley & Andrew Hubbard

7th June 2014

Ever thought of building a cob oven? Maybe you should, write Debbie Kingsley & Andrew Hubbard, for fossil fuel-free cooking that warms up every party, perfect for everything from pizza to roast vegetables or your (organic) Christmas turkey ... more...
Farming in Poland, the traditional way. Photo: Jejma via Flickr.

The farmer is the future

Julian Rose

13th June 2014

In our modern world of supermarkets and on-demand delivery, its easy to forget about the few remaining 'real farmers' who grow healthy, wholesome food, writes Julian Rose. But it won't be long before we give them the appreciation they deserve ... more...
Small farmers - like Ndomi Magareth, planting beans here on her land in Cameroon - 'are losing land at a tremendous rate. It’s a land reform movement in reverse', says GRAIN’s Henk Hobbelink. Credit: Monde Kingsley Nfor/IPS

'Land reform in reverse' - land grabs are increasing world hunger

Stephen Leahy

3rd June 2014

Small farmers are losing out as the world's farmland is becoming concentrated in ever fewer hands - and food security is suffering as a consequence. If we do nothing to reverse this trend, writes Stephen Leahy, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself. more...
Marching against Monsanto in Washington DC. Photo: Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr.

Why we are Marching against Monsanto

Dr Mae Wan Ho

28th May 2014

A huge turnout was recorded for the 2014 March Against Monsanto, with protests in over 400 cities in 52 countries and 47 US states. Dr Mae Wan Ho says this worldwide movement will keep on growing, until Monsanto and its toxic products are defeated. more...
Montage of March Against Monsanto events yesterday by WTFRLY.COM.

Fifty-two countries join 'March against Monsanto'

The Ecologist

25th May 2014

Over 400 cities in 52 countries joined the March Against Monsanto yesterday with as many as a million people, or more, joining the global protest. more...
Peter Melchett farms organically at Courtyard Farm in Norfolk. Photo: Peter Melchett.

Organic inspections, organic growth

Peter Melchett

24th May 2014

Organic farming has changed, but for the better, writes Soil Association head of policy and Norfolk organic farmer Peter Melchett. As never before, organic inspections are central to the delivery of environmental and animal care, and food you really can trust. more...
No GMO! Photo: www.gmofreeglobal.org/ .

Global GMO-free Coalition launches with 4.5 million members

The Ecologist

20th May 2014

The Global GMO Free Coalition brings together 60 groups across six continents with over 4.5 million members - all committed to fighting GMO / biotech industry propaganda. Meanwhile Russia is leading the way to GMO freedom ... more...

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GMOs - we will fight them in the grocery aisles! Photo: Jaro Larnos via Flickr.

GMOs - Boycott the GMA 'traitor brands'

Ronnie Cummins

15th May 2014

The mighty Grocery Manufacturers Association is to sue Vermont for making food companies label GMOs in their products. Ronnie Cummins calls on all concerned consumers to boycott GMA companies and products - starting with their 'traitor brands' ... more...
Nanjunda - Professor Nanjundaswamy. Photo: Adrian Arbib.

Cremate Monsanto!

Heathcote Williams

14th May 2014

Heathcote Williams remembers India's great campaigner Professor Nanjunda's whose direct actions against Monsanto, KFC, McDonalds, Coca-Cola and the WTO inspired a nation and created an unstoppable movement of 10 million ... more...
Organic farming as it used to be ... sow with piglets at Sandy Lane Farm, Oxfordshire. Photo: Sandy Lane Farm.

Organic certification - inorganic bureaucracy

Julian Rose

17th May 2014

Organic certification used to be carried out by real farmers in wellies, who knew all the tricks and could spot dodgy practice on the land at 100 paces, writes Julian Rose. Today's certifiers arrive in patent leather shoes and get no further than the office - and this is meant to be an improvement? more...
The use of 2,4D - a toxic herbicide developed in WW2 as a weapon to destroy enemy crops, and a key ingredient of Agent Orange - will greatly increase if a new generation of GM crops is approved.

Coming to your table? GMO crops resistant to 'war herbicide' 2,4D

Helena Paul

8th May 2014

The US looks set to approve GM crops that resist the 'Agent Orange' pesticide 2,4-D as well as glyphosate, writes Helena Paul. If it does, the toxic chemical - created in WW2 to destroy enemy food supplies - will soon end up in animal feeds, and the food we eat. more...
The Trussell Trusts Foodbank 8 in Vauxhall, South London. Photo: Newfrontiers via Flickr.com.

Food banks - a radical plan

Rupert Read

5th May 2014

The growth of food banks reflects a simple truth: the government does not care about hungry families, writes Rupert Read. To tackle hunger, work must pay a living wage, social security must do its job, and communities must rebuild local food networks. more...
Mothers milk. Photo: Krisztina Konczos via Flickr.com.

Glyphosate found in breast milk

The Ecologist

28th April 2014

A pilot study of American mothers' milk has found levels of the herbicide glyphosate around 1,000 times higher than allowed in European drinking water. Campaigners are demanding a ban on the use of glyphosate on food crops. more...
'Wild Food - a complete guide for foragers' by Roger Phillips - front cover.

The gastronomy of wild food

Humphrey Birley

30th April 2014

Eating wild plants and mushrooms is a pleasure we should all indulge in, believes open air gastronomist Humphrey Birley - and this new edition of 'Wild Food : a complete guide for foragers' is just what's needed to get us exploring woods, hedgerows, meadows and salt marshes in search of edible delicacies. more...
Bringing 'Perpetual leeks' from the Schumacher College forest garden in to the kitchen for the day's soup.

Towards an agroecological food system

Joanna Wright

10th May 2014

How we feed ourselves sits at the crux of all human affairs, writes Joanna Wright - the health of our bodies and communities. Far too important to leave to industrial farms and processors, it's something we can all begin to do for ourselves. more...
Over 100 people set up a farmers' market stall outside DEFRA offices to denounce Owen Paterson's marginalisation of small farms. Photo: Adrian Arbib.

Small scale farmers are feeding our future!

Ed Hamer

18th April 2014

The Land Workers Alliance gathered yesterday at DEFRA's London HQ to protest at the corrupt relationship between Government and corporate agriculture - and the deliberate marginalisation of small farmers, our most sustainable producers. Ed Hamer explains ... more...
It's not just whether it's organic - it's also what it is. Organic red cabbage from Sandy Lane Farm, Oxfordshire, England.

Does organic food reduce cancer risk?

Pat Thomas

16th April 2014

A widely publicised study has suggested that eating organic food doesn't stop you getting cancer. Pat Thomas finds the study deeply unconvincing - and wonders why Cancer Research UK is so quick to trumpet its conclusions. more...
P&G commits to deforestation-free palm oil.

P&G promises 'deforestation free' palm oil

The Ecologist

9th April 2014

Procter & Gamble has committed to use only 'no deforestation' palm oil by 2020. Greenpeace claims success for its campaign, focused on Head & Shoulders shampoo. more...
Sadias Adam Imam collects millet, El Fasher, Darfur. Photo: UNAMID via Flickr.com.

UK 'aid' is financing a corporate scramble for Africa

Miriam Ross

3rd April 2014

£600 million of UK aid money is going to help companies like Unilever and Monsanto take over African land and agriculture, writes Miriam Ross. The corporate power-grab will be disastrous for the small-scale farmers who feed at least 70% of Africa's people. more...
An early victim of climate change? Aleppo, 29th January 2014. Photo: Freedom House via Flickr.com.

The melting Arctic, and revolutions to come

Robert & Jack Hunziker

26th April 2014

The world is facing the imminent threat of severe climate disruption from the warming Arctic, write Robert & Jack Hunziker, leading to a global crisis. But the response of the powerful is only to increase fossil fuel exploitation - and damn the consequences. more...

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