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Tractor spraying pesticide

Consumers and farm workers at risk from toxic pesticides sprayed on salad

Nick Mole

1st September, 2011

More than a 100 pesticides are licenced for spraying on the humble lettuce. As well as posing a threat to consumers, workers harvesting the crop can face contamination and poisoning more...
pesticide defects

Chemical warfare: the horrific birth defects linked to tomato pesticides

Barry Estabrook

1st September, 2011

The 'Immokalee babies' were born with severe deformities after their mothers were each exposed to pesticides whilst harvesting tomatoes. Barry Estabrook reports on the case that shocked the US more...
A GM tomato

Public sector should develop GM crops for seed companies, says leading researcher

Tom Levitt

1st August, 2011

As controversial UK trials of a potato genetically-modified to be resistant to late blight get underway, we speak to research leader and plant geneticist Professor Jonathan Jones about why he is in favour of an expansion in GM crops 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...
A victim

Return to the killing fields: the unspoken cost of Europe's cheap meat

Nick Rau

14th July, 2011

Two years on from our first investigation of the impact of intensive soya farming, Friends of the Earth campaigner Nick Rau explains how progress in tackling the problems are still frustratingly slow more...
Raising Elijah

Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis

Mark Newton

7th July, 2011

Combining hard science with a sympathetic approach to the realities of family life; Raising Elijah is one of the most important books you’ll ever read, says Mark Newton more...
Honey bees

TAKE ACTION to protect Britain's bees

Matilda Lee

5th July, 2011

Sign the petition to ban neonicotinoids in the UK and help safeguard Britain's threatened bee population more...
Monsanto's 'Roundup Ready'

Greenpeace takes on Monsanto over 'pesticides arms race'

Tom Levitt

30th June, 2011

Main ingredient of Monsanto's Roundup weed killer is being linked to cancer, birth defects and Parkinson's disease and should be banned, according to campaigners behind new report more...
We may be  underestimating the risk of exposure to chemicals

Chemical companies 'misleading' gardeners over toxic pesticides

Sarah Bentley

29th June, 2011

Despite a surge of interest in organic gardening, green fingered consumers continue to favour toxic chemicals to combat pests. But are they being exploited by clever marketing and inaccurate labelling? Sarah Bentley investigates more...

The inside story on Monsanto and the glyphosate birth defect data

Claire Robinson

13th June 2011

The pesticide industry and regulators have repeatedly misled the public with claims that glyphosate is safe, says Claire Robinson. As a result, Monsanto's Roundup is used by gardeners and local authorities, in school grounds, and in farmers’ fields more...
Agriculture in Africa

Africa's Green Revolution 2.0: rejecting agribusiness, pesticides and GM greenwash

Chris Milton

26th May, 2011

A pioneering campaign is challenging industrial agriculture in Africa, returning food sovereignty to the people and empowering women to lead a new movement that rejects the 'pesticide and loan culture' of the first Green Revolution. Chris Milton reports

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India organic food

Organic farming – India's future perfect?

Nishika Patel, The Guardian

12th May, 2011

A budding interest in organic food offers farmers soaring incomes and higher yields, but critics say it's not the answer to India's fast-rising food demands more...

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Real Bread Campaign

TAKE ACTION: Make a loaf of bread for the Real Bread Campaign

Matilda Lee

11th May, 2011

Dust off your old bread maker and get your hands dirty during Real Bread Maker Week from May 9 - 16
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Tea loading in Indonesia

Environmental damage and human rights abuses blight global tea sector

William McLennan

13th April, 2011

Human rights violations have been reported at plantations in virtually all major tea producing countries, while tea growing itself has a profound effect on the local environment. William McLennan reports more...
Spraying pesticides

Pesticide lobby resists moves to sanction 'deadly' paraquat substance

Keith Tyrell

April 7th, 2011

Experts want the weedkiller paraquat - poison of choice in many suicide attempts - to be added to a 'watch list' of dangerous substances. Why then is Syngenta fighting the proposals asks Keith Tyrell? more...
Obesity

Medical profession 'oblivious' to role of chemicals in diabetes and obesity

William McLennan

22nd March,2011

US officials are beginning to take a greater interest in the reported links between the exposure to environmental chemicals, like Bisphenol A, with the development of diabetes and obesity more...

The film that stood up to banana giant Dole over pesticide poisoning (and won)

Tom Levitt

14th March, 2011

The documentary Bananas! highlighted plight of Nicaraguan banana plantation workers who brought a legal case in the US against the use of a banned pesticide DBCP by the Dole Food Company. Tom Levitt reports more...
Malawi FYF

Agroecological farming 'can double food production in Africa over next 10 years'

Tom Levitt

8th March, 2011

Low-input farming projects, not reliant on chemical fertilisers and pesticides, have brought significant increases in food production in Africa, south-east Asia and South America, according to a UN report more...

Tim Flannery: corporate chiefs should be jailed for bribery and wrongdoing overseas

Matilda Lee

9th March, 2011

Australia's climate change commissioner and author of new book Here on Earth talks to Matilda Lee about Gaia's true principles, the power of the internet and why legally binding climate treaties are pointless more...
Front Cover for the 1971 February Ecologist Edition

The Ecologist February 1971: The Pesticide Fallacy

The Ecologist

14th February, 2011

Forty years ago this February Roy Bridger wrote The Pesticide Fallacy - outlining early concerns over certain pest control methods. But have things improved? more...

What's the real environmental cost of the French baguette?

Carolyn Lebel

8th February, 2011

Water in France's 'breadbasket' - where much of the wheat used to make the iconic baguette is grown - is under threat from industrial agriculture, with excessive consumption and contamination by pesticides and nitrates. Carolyn Lebel reports... more...

Warriors of Qiugang: how one Chinese 'cancer village' rose up

The Ecologist

January 31st,2011

Watch the trailer for the Oscar-nominated film documenting how Chinese villagers challenged a powerful chemical company over pesticides and dye-factory pollution more...

Why you should think twice before eating bananas

The Ecologist

21st January, 2011

The Frontline Club holds a special London screening of acclaimed film - Bananas!* - exposing the scandal of pesticide use in banana cultivation more...

Behind the Label: Flea Powder

Pat Thomas

11th January, 2011

Flea powder probably isn't something you think often about. But with some frighteningly toxic ingredients you should: they can be deadly for you and your pets


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Bees

Leaked document exposes risks to bees and insects from Bayer pesticide

Tom Levitt

3rd January, 2010

US government scientists flag up risks to bees and aquatic insects from neonicotinoid pesticide that biotech giant Bayer are trying to gain approval for use by farmers more...

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