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Roundup-Ready corn in a Roundup-bombed landscape, near Adrian, Minnesota. Photo: Matthew Traucht via Flickr.com.

Say No to 'Roundup-ready' GM crops

The Ecologist

17th March 2013

The UK Government is desperate to get planting GM crops - and could get its way as soon as 2015. Now environment groups warn: our wildlife will suffer - and just as demand for 'GMO-free' food is soaring. more...
Warburtons 'Toastie'. Graphic by Hwa Young Jung via Flickr.com.

Harmful weedkiller in your bread and cereal bars

Andrew Wasley

31st December, 2013

Jordans cereal bars and Warburtons bread have been found to contain traces of glyphosate - a controversial herbicide that campaigners say poses a risk to human health. Andrew Wasley reports ... more...

Non-GM corn hybrids smash GM varieties in Illinois trials

The Ecologist

25th November 2013

The harvest is in from hybrid corn trials in Illinois. The outcome? Spectrum Seeds' non-GM corn hybrids performed as well or better than the GMO corn hybrids. more...

Microplastic Soup: The State of Our Oceans

October 29th, 2013

Tanya Cox

Tanya Cox explains how microplastic pollution, which at some marine sites occurs at a concentration higher than that of plankton, has become a macroscopic problem for the life that calls the ocean its home ... more...
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Smallholding: the basics

Gervase Poulden

18th October, 2011

From sheep to spinach, Gervase Poulden has the skinny on how to make your smallholding dreams a reality more...
Up in Smoke

Up in smoke: a scientist's mission to stop slash-and-burn farming

Matilda Lee

22nd September, 2011

An Ecologist cover story in 2005 prompted the making of an epic documentary, Up in Smoke, about slash and burn farming. Now the film finally airs on More4 on September 27th... Matilda Lee reports more...
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Does Kenya need GM crops as it battles famine in the Horn of Africa?

Rosie Spinks

8th September, 2011

In the midst of a dire need to feed millions of people facing hunger because of drought, Kenya's newly passed Biosafety Act allows for the importation of GM crops - but at what cost? more...
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The Ecologist November 1971: rural to urban shift

The Ecologist

11th November, 2011

Forty years ago, the Ecologist wrote about problems associated with the flight of Spain's agricultural workers to city centres. 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...
Field of wheat

Trial of anti-aphid GM wheat awaits government green light

Hal Hodson, The Guardian

22nd June, 2011

Latest field test could begin in March 2012 after research centre creates crop by synthesising repellent gene found in mint. Hal Hodson reports more...
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Intense lobbying could enable unapproved GM crops to enter European food chain

Tom Levitt

15th February, 2011

Agribusiness accused of 'scaremongering' lobbying tactics as it pushes for the import of animal feed containing traces of unapproved genetically modified (GM) crops - using the guise of combating feed shortages

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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...

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Revealed: the glyphosate research the GM soy lobby doesn't want you to read

Claire Robinson

24th November, 2010

Andres Carrasco's research linking a controversial herbicide with birth defects highlighted the potential health dangers posed by GM crop-spraying in Argentina – and led to violence and intimidation for those behind the study more...
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India bans planting of first GM food crop

Ecologist

9th February, 2010

Campaigners welcome decision to put on hold cultivation of genetically modified (GM) aubergine crop, Bt Brinjal, until 'safety of product' established more...
Peak phosphorus

Peak phosphorus: our most important nutrient running out

Ewan Kingston

12th January, 2010

It has no synthetic alternative and some scientists believe supplies may already be in a terminal decline. But there is still no international effort to tackle the massive agricultural problems that will come when the phosphorus runs out more...
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Gathuru Mburu: Kenya has already had a Green Revolution

Laura Sevier

23rd November, 2009

Forget trying to grow hybrid maize - Africa already has all the crops, storage systems and knowledge that it needs to grow itself out of poverty more...
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CASE STUDY: setting up an organic market garden

Laura Sevier

26th April, 2007

Septuagenarian Mehr Fardoonji is still to be found with her hands in the soil after forty-five years of organic market gardening more...
Trials of GM cotton in the USA

Call for publicly funded research into GM crops

Ecologist

20th October, 2009

Technologies to increase agricultural productivity will allow the UK to help feed the world, says Royal Society report more...
A GM potato

GM-free Europe: how we could still ban GMOs

Tom Levitt

21st October, 2009

Re-nationalising decisions on growing GM crops would allow EU countries to declare themselves GM-free, but could bring new dangers more...
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Know your oats: grow your own grains

Clarissa Dickson Wright and Johnny Scott

25th August, 2009

Growing your own food can go beyond fruit and veg if you have space and the right soil. Read on for Clarissa Dickson Wright and Johnny Scott's guide to grain crops more...
A field of wheat

Wales consults on tighter GM contamination laws

Ecologist

7th July, 2009

A consultation by the Welsh Assembly Government proposes more stringent measures to protect Wales's farmers from the threat of cross-contamination by GM crops more...
A rice field in Madagascar

Extent of agricultural land-grab revealed on new website

Eifion Rees

22nd June, 2009

With rich, resource-poor nations increasingly outsourcing their food production to less developed nations, a new website aims to expose the extent of the agricultural land-grab epidemic more...
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Government advisor lobbies for EU and UK to overhaul GM regulations

Ecologist

1st March, 2009

A Government adviser has called for the regulatory overhaul on genetically modified crops in the EU and opposes the ‘strange’ ban on pesticides. more...
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Biofuels 2.0

Helena Paul

1st February 2009

A new generation of biofuels is poised to come into the market. Grown on unused, ‘marginal’ land they won’t compete for our food crops. But just where exactly is all this marginal land, and whose backyard might it be? Helena Paul reports more...
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US Department of Agriculture worried about GM food imports

News

6th March, 2009

Having exported largely untested GM crops around the world for decades, the US is suddenly starting to worry about what genetically modified organisms other countries might send their way. more...

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