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Planting out onion seedlings at Sandy Lane Farm, and organic farm in Oxfordshire, UK. Photo: Sandy lane Farm.

Organic farming benefits biodiversity

Lindsay Turnbull

19th February 2014

Organic farming really is wildlife friendly, new research from Oxford University has found, with far higher species diversity on organic farms than conventional ones. Lindsay Turnbull reports on her findings ... more...
Pruning vines at Sedlescombe

Biodynamic British bubbly

Hazel Sillver

12th December 2013

The UK's first biodynamic sparkling white wine is available in time for Christmas. Hazel Sillver visited its creator, Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard in East Sussex, to find out more. more...
plant and soil

Peak soil: act now or the very ground beneath us will die

8th November, 2013

Helen Browning

The health of our soils is more important now than ever, says the Soil Association’s Helen Browning - especially with the challenges that climate change will bring ... more...
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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...

Boycotting organic farms over badger cull is 'counter-productive'

Helen Browning

Buying organic food is an important choice for everyone concerned about animal welfare, wildlife and conservation. It would not make sense for consumers to stop buying organic if they disagree with badger culling, says Helen Browning more...
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Behind the label: how fair are organic and Fairtrade bananas?

Tom Levitt

28th May, 2012

The Dominican Republic's organic and Fairtrade boom has helped banana growers but what about the slum-dwelling Haitian migrant workers? Tom Levitt reports on the plight of the forgotten people in the banana trade more...
How to... look after your orchard

The beginner's guide to growing your own fruit

Mark Briggs

14th May, 2012

Whether you live in the city or in the heart of rural England, planting your own fruit trees provides you with a free source of fruit and a boost for biodiversity more...
How to…give your cocktail a green-over

How to…give your cocktail a green-over

Amy Hall

8th May, 2012

Forget Pimms: eco-friendly cocktails not only taste great, they don’t cause a headache for the planet either. Amy Hall shows you how to give your tipple an eco-friendly spin more...
Nose to tail fortnight

Meat matters: London restaurants gear up for ‘nose-to-tail' fortnight

Mark Briggs

1st May, 2012

Chefs aim to prevent good food going to waste by serving up offal and other rare meat cuts during the 'nose to tail' fortnight organised by Sustain more...
Top 10... alternatives to sugar

Top 10...alternatives to sugar

Mark Briggs

Want to give up sugar while still indulging your sweet tooth? Mark Briggs rounds up 10 natural alternatives more...
Jeans and ethical fashion

Why jeans buck the fast-fashion phenomenon

Sophie Woodward

28th March, 2012

Denim has been in fashion since the early 19th century, which is why it is in the ultimate 'slow fashion' statement. Wear yours worn and ragged, and the older the better argues Sophie Woodward more...
cut flowers

How to… buy cut flowers

Rebecca Campbell

16th March, 2012

Sunday is Mother's Day, which for many of us, means flowers. But how green are your blooms and can you really get a bunch that doesn’t come with a price for the planet? more...

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In season now: what to eat during March

In season now: what to eat during March

Ben Hudson

5th March, 2012

Spring has (whisper it) sprung, so make the most of the fresh greens and foraged treats popping up in winter’s wake. Gardening expert James Taylor suggests five to get stuck into more...
veg boxes

Five of the best…organic veg box schemes

Ruth Styles

16th January, 2012

Whether you’re looking for seasonal veg or slaughter-free milk, Britain’s box schemes make avoiding the supermarket a cinch more...
is vegetarianism the way forward?

Can becoming a vegetarian help save the planet?

Laurie Tuffrey

4th January, 2012

Globally, meat consumption has increased by 20 per cent in the last decade despite concerns about its environmental impact. So, asks Laurie Tuffrey, can going vegetarian really help the earth? more...
Farm Shops

Ten of the best…farm shops

Vanessa Jones

4th November, 2011

Offering the ultimate in locally produced food, Britain's farm shops are a culinary national treasure more...
home brew

How to make your own booze

Hannah Corr

1st November, 2011

With no food miles, no additives and no duty involved, making your own alcohol saves both money and the planet. Hannah Corr explains how to get started more...
Fields in Italy

Freedom food: the organic farmers who took on the Italian mafia

Gianluca Martelliano

25th October, 2011

Would you work on confiscated lands owned by mafia bosses who have killed countless people? The Ecologist reports from Italy on the new farming cooperative turning a bloody past into organic olive oil, oranges and wine more...
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Toxic fallout as activists challenge strawberry industry's pesticide use

Rosie Spinks

10th October, 2011

Faced with the potential use of a dangerous pesticide methyl iodide to spray crops in their backyards, a group of Californian teenagers decided to stand up to the might of industrial agribusiness. Rosie Spinks reports more...
coffee

Coffee: is the black stuff as green as it should be?

George Blacksell

4th October, 2011

From deforestation to fertiliser; our taste for coffee has left some of the world’s most precious eco-systems in a precarious state. George Blacksell looks at how the coffee industry is cleaning up its act more...
The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes, 1945-95

The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes,1945-95

Mark Newton

8th September, 2011

Phillip Conford's treatise on the rise of the organic movement is anything but dull, says Mark Newton more...
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The Harvest: new film reveals scourge of child labour in US farming

Rosie Spinks

1st September, 2011

Despite campaigning to reduce child labour internationally, the US is home to at least 230,000 child labourers toiling in the fields to pick blueberries, tomatoes or cotton more...
Community farm in Surrey

How a community farm for London could end 'madness of flying and shipping in food'

Sarah Bentley

1st August, 2011

More than £800,000 has been raised towards the cost of setting up a unique farm - complete with green houses, polytunnels, irrigation system, woodland, orchards and a shop - that could help meet the capitals' future food needs more...
permaculture

Time for gardeners to stop living the ‘Good Lie’

Bob Sherman

22nd July, 2011

Amateur gardeners striving to live the 'Good Life' should ensure they check the contents of store-bought compost. For peat's sake - we need to think beyond our backyards and choose compost carefully 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...

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