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Food matters: DIY supermarkets / restaurant workers / biodynamic wines

The Ecologist

1st July, 2013

Ahead of publication of the Ecologist Guide to Food - the first in a forthcoming series of hard-hitting consumer guides - our regular new blog will be covering all things ethical and culinary, and reporting on stories and issues that there simply wasn't room for in the book... more...
Britain’s forgotten foods

Britain’s forgotten foods

Grace Philip

31st May, 2012

With Jubilee fever hotting up, Grace Philip argues that it’s time to pay attention to another part of our heritage: our tasty native produce more...
mega salad farms

Where does your salad come from?

Andrew Wasley

30th May, 2012

As a Joseph Rowntree Foundation study concludes that migrant workers in the food sector continue to suffer appalling exploitation, perhaps a UK version of the pioneering 'Food Justice' certification scheme should be considered, says Andrew Wasley more...
Tea picking in Kenya

Curbing supermarkets' power: will the Groceries Code Adjudicator have the teeth to bite?

Murray Worthy

16th May, 2012

Tackling the unfair buying practices of the big supermarkets is a vital step forward for securing the rights of over a million workers. From fruit to textiles to cut flowers, abuses in the supply chain are rife. Now we must guard against lobbying from the retail giants, says Murray Worthy more...
Man tipping vegetables into container. Consumers & supermarkets need to tackle food waste

Love Food Hate Waste: could you live without throwing food away?

Madeleine Cuff

30th March, 2012

Madeleine Cuff challenged herself to spend a week reducing her food and packaging waste. Did it work, and will other consumers and supermarkets take note? more...
Christmas markets

Top 10…Christmas markets

Sophie Laggan

28th November, 2011

Whether you're after an locally reared turkey or a handmade ethical gift, a festive fair is where you'll find them. The Ecologist has the lowdown on Europe's best Christmas markets more...
War on Want

TAKE ACTION to demand a strong supermarket watchdog

Ecologist

12th October, 2011

Join War on Want's campaign for a independent supermarket watchdog to help stop supplier bullying more...

Tainted tomatoes: who's to blame for the 'slavery' blighting our food?

Andrew Wasley

10th October, 2011

An essential in pasta sauces, soups, stews and pizza toppings tinned tomatoes are one of our most popular foods. But many arrive as a result of slave like conditions endured by thousands of migrant workers in Italy. Who should we blame? By Andrew Wasley more...
Horticulutre Special Report

Who is picking our food?

Ecologist

2nd March, 2012

In a major investigation the Ecologist reports on the hidden stories behind those harvesting the fruit and vegetables - and other staples - we eat everyday, both in the UK and internationally more...
migrant workers

Bitter harvest: how exploitation and abuse stalks migrant workers on UK farms

Andrew Wasley

10th October, 2011

Migrant workers are vital for meeting the UK's demand for year-round fruit and vegetables. But despite improvements since the Morecambe Bay tragedy, allegations of poor conditions and abuse in the horticulture sector persist. Andrew Wasley reports more...
mega salad farms

Inside the salad 'mega-farm' supplying the UK's appetite for lettuce

Andrew Wasley

10th October, 2011

In contrast to the squalid conditions faced by many migrant farm workers, employees of salad producer G's Marketing live in specially-built hostels with a social centre, sports pitches and a bar. Is this the future of industrial horticulture? Andrew Wasley reports more...
Migrant worker

Why ethical food trade is only possible with supermarket action

Julia Hawkins

1st September, 2011

International supply chains leave the horticultural workers harvesting our food in poor countries highly vulnerable to exploitation. Retailers, unions, NGOs and governments must work together to tackle this, says Julia Hawkins more...

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tomato slaves

Scandal of the 'tomato slaves' harvesting crop exported to UK

Andrew Wasley

1st September, 2011

Across Italy an invisible army of migrant workers harvests tomatoes destined for our dinner plates. Paid poverty wages and living in squalor, medical charities have described conditions as 'hell'. Andrew Wasley reports from Basilicata, southern Italy more...
Tesco

Tesco and Starbucks feel the heat in battle against 'clone town Britain'

Eifion Rees

23rd August, 2011

David Cameron's appointment of a 'shops tsar', the controversial Localism Bill, and increasing opposition to supermarkets and other chain stores could mark a turning point in the struggle to save Britain's high streets 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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Supermarket rooftop garden

Supermarket rooftop gardens: an exercise in community building?

Eifion Rees

26th July, 2011

Eifion Rees reports on the group bringing the heart back to supermarkets with a rooftop vegetable garden more...
Organic label

Organic movement fights 'supermarket takeover' of ideals

Tom Levitt

21st July, 2011

The founding ideals of the organic movement are being eroded by the drive for mass-production. The dilemma its supporters now face, is how to spread the organic message without losing its principles more...
Shopping basket

Sustainable food production and healthy eating strategies under threat

Nick Hughes

10th June, 2011

The Sustainable Development Commission has been axed, the Food Standards Agency has had its powers stripped and DEFRA appears to be stalling. Where then does this leave planning for a national sustainable food strategy - and healthy eating plan - asks Nick Hughes? more...
organic shopping

Greener grocers: six great ethical supermarkets

The Ecologist

23rd May, 2011

Not every supermarket is a heartless corporate giant: here are six that are showing Tesco and co how it's done more...
Say no to Tesco

'Underhand tactics and smear campaign' alleged over controversial Tesco store

Robin Whitlock

19th May, 2011

Following the clashes in Bristol outside a newly opened Tesco store, Robin Whitlock investigates how a long-running campaign against the supermarket giant was tarnished by images of violence and destruction more...
beach

Carbon offsetting version two: a greener way to travel?

Valentina Jovanovski

12th May

Carbon offsetting isn't perfect but Much Better Adventures’ partnership with environmental charity, the Converging World, has produced an initiative that just might work more...
farmers' markets

Top 10…UK farmers’ markets

Jeff Holman

15th April, 2011

From local specialities to homemade treats, shopping at Britain’s farmers’ markets is a great way to get stuck into premium produce and support local farmers. Jeff Holman rounds up some of the best more...
Plantation worker

A bitter cup: the truth behind Britain's favourite drink

The Ecologist

13th April, 2011

Watch this film examining how tea workers in the developing world struggle to get by on poverty wages while British supermarkets make huge profits more...
Take action to green your cuppa!

TAKE ACTION: Campaigns to green your cuppa

Matilda Lee

13th April, 2011

As part of the Ecologist's special investigation into the hidden costs of tea, milk and sugar, here's how to get involved in cleaning up your cuppa more...

Why our growing taste for cheap Brazilian beef is devastating the Amazon

Chris Pala

5th April, 2011

Brazil’s cattle sector has become the largest driver for deforestation globally, overtaking palm oil plantations in Asia. With the UK sourcing 40 per cent of its processed beef from Brazil, campaigners are now calling for a consumer boycott. Chris Pala investigates more...

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