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A sausage

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...

Why the organic movement's badger cull stance threatens its image

Dominic Dyer

If the Soil Association joined those opposing the cull it would be able to brand its organic milk and dairy products 'badger friendly'- no doubt leading to a much needed boost in sales, says Dominic Dyer 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...
palm oil

Don't turn a blind eye to what's in your food - it could be killing elephants

30th June, 2013

Dan Bucknell

Palm oil is a key ingredient in everything from cereal, biscuits and margarine to shampoo, lipstick and toothpaste. Unless we curb our desire for it critical forests and wildlife habitat will be gone forever, says Dan Bucknell more...

Palm oil's forgotten victims: Sumatran elephants suffer in rush for 'liquid ivory'

30th June, 2013

Jim Wickens

Western consumers are inadvertently driving the Sumatran elephant to extinction by eating, washing and wearing - in cosmetics - the derivatives of a fruit that is destroying the animal's last remaining forest habitat. Jim Wickens reports more...
Cattle ranching

Wildlife in the firing line in global war against bovine TB

18th June, 2013

Sarah Stirk

Where there are cattle, there is the threat of bovine Tuberculosis (TB). The farming methods may differ greatly, but from the dairy farms of Ethiopia to the beef herds of Canada the race is on to find the best way to tackle the disease more...

Badger cull a PR disaster for UK countryside, warn 'dissident' farmers

18th June, 2013

Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk

A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farming for the spread of TB in the UK cattle herd. Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk report more...

Modern British Vegetarian Cooking - Who Needs Meat?

by Susan Clark

It's the UK's National Vegetarian Week but what's on the veggie menu at your local bar, pub or bistro? If it's mushroom risotto - again - have a word with the chef because there's no excuse for those second-rate meals that should have been left behind in the 1970s. Susan Clark goes in search of Fine Dining for non-meat eaters more...
US horsemeat trade

America's secret and brutal horsemeat trade

18th March, 2013

Andrew Wasley

Few Americans are aware that their country's horses are being exported and slaughtered abroad - often in appalling conditions - to supply European taste for a meat that's shunned at home. Andrew Wasley reports more...

Horsemeat scandal highlights murky trade in farm animals

February 11th, 2013

by Andrew Wasley

The discovery of horsemeat in burgers and ready meals has revealed how live horses are shipped across Europe in a complex and secretive business. And it's just part of a bigger global trade in livestock and poultry. Andrew Wasley reports......... more...
Cows outdoors

Livestock falling ill in fracking regions, raising concerns about food

28th January, 2013

Elizabeth Royte

In the midst of the US domestic energy boom, livestock on farms near oil-and-gas drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying. Elizabeth Royte reports more...

Dairy farms suffer in US shale gas fracking boom

28th January, 2013

Dimiter Kenarov

The dash for unconventional gas may have brought financial benefits to some, but for struggling dairy farmers in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, the arrival of drilling wells could be the final nail in the coffin. Dimiter Kenarov reports more...

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tomato slaves

Migrant workers face 'severe exploitation' in Italy's farm sector

Andrew Wasley, investigations editor

4th January, 2013

Amnesty International report calls for urgent action to tackle 'widespread' abuse of migrants in the food sector. This follows two Ecologist investigations into 'slave labour' connected to the Italian tomato and orange harvests. Andrew Wasley reports more...
A GM tomato

The GM lobby and its 'seven sins against science'

Peter Melchett

31st December, 2012

The pro-GM lobby has sought to take the 'scientific high-ground' by positioning itself as the voice of reason and progress, while painting its opponents as unsophisticated 'anti-science' luddites. In a scathing response Peter Melchett turns the tables more...
Pig Business

COMMENT: Using film to square up to the horrors of factory farming

Tracy Worcester

18th October, 2012

The campaigner behind the groundbreaking Pig Business documentary is now taking her message global, encouraging people to take action against industrial farming methods which degrade the environment and subject animals to a life of misery more...
Horticulutre Special Report

Film reveals hidden slavery in Europe's asparagus fields

The Ecologist

16th October, 2012

The recent conviction of three men in the Czech Republic for people trafficking offences shone a light on the hidden exploitation and violence endured by farm workers cultivating asparagus for European diners more...
oranges migrant workers coca cola

Blood harvest: Coca Cola challenged over orange trade linked to 'exploitation and squalor'

Andrew Wasley

24th February, 2012

The manufacturer of Fanta is being urged to help address the poor conditions and low wages endured by some African migrant workers harvesting oranges in southern Italy. Andrew Wasley reports from Rosarno more...
Labour abuses in the shrimp industry

The slavery behind our seafood

Jim Wickens

20th September, 2012

Burmese migrants working onboard Thai fishing boats suffer brutal exploitation. And the boats involved supply so-called 'trash fish' for use in feed given to farmed prawns exported globally. The Ecologist Film Unit's Jim Wickens reports more...

Blood fish: why prawns should be blacklisted from all our shopping baskets

Andrew Wasley, investigations editor

2nd October, 2012

A new investigation has revealed appalling labour conditions for Burmese migrants working onboard boats supplying 'trash fish' for use in feed given to farmed prawns. But this is just the latest scandal to engulf the global shrimp industry, says Andrew Wasley more...

ANALYSIS: Are we being told the full truth about GM mosquitoes?

Helen Wallace

13th September, 2012

Promotion of GM mosquitoes as a way to tackle a tropical disease is simply part of a PR strategy intended to pave the way to a new global business selling GM agricultural pests, says Helen Wallace more...
Boat on dried out lakebed

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

John Vidal

31st August, 2012

Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed a population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, warns Stockholm International Water Institute more...
Food Bank

The UK sees a huge rise in families turning to Food Banks

Paul Creeney

Earlier this week, the Trussel Trust reported the number of UK families using food banks has tripled in the last year and increased a staggering FIVE FOLD since the coalition came to power. Paul Creeney asks the big question ... more...
Tuna catch

Are captive tuna farms a viable alternative to overfishing?

Tom Edathikunnel

22nd August, 2012

The Kindai tuna, bred by scientists at Kinki University, may lead the way for future large-scale tuna farms. Tom Edathikunnel investigates whether the idea really is preferable to overfishing more...

Reclaiming the seed

Vandana Shiva

20th August, 2012

Vandana Shiva explains why Seed Satyagraha – a non-cooperation movement in the footsteps of Gandhi – will be crucial in blocking the introduction of the proposed Seed Law more...
Fish on a fishing boat

New EU fish reforms anger artisan fishermen

Victor Paul Borg

31 July, 2012

More than seven out of ten edible marine species in the EU are over-fished and coastal communities are dying. So you might think new draft reforms would help reverse this trend. Not so, says Victor Paul Borg, who investigates the impact of changes that the community fishermen themselves do not want more...


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