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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...
Rainforest Saver

The Rainforest Saver

Daniel Elkan

February 2005

After more than 20 years work, Mike Hands, a British tropical ecologist has come up with a groundbreaking way to stop vast areas of rainforest destroyed 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...
maize stubble in a harvested field

UK agriculture 'could wither up and die' if water mismanagement continues

William Chase

16th June, 2011

As a major drought looms across parts of the UK, William Chase - of Tyrrells Crisps and the Chase Distillery - charges the government and water industry with short-sightedness and failing to manage supplies more...
Organic label

Alan Schofield: 'You don't have be certified to be organic'

Jemima Roberts

7th June, 2011

Alan Schofield has run a vegetable box scheme for almost 30 years and is a veteran of the Soil Association. He talks to the Ecologist about why he set up the Organic Growers Alliance - and how it now complements the work of the larger certification body 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...
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...

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...
A farm

The great farm sell-off: Spelman gives green light to agricultural land sale

Tom Levitt

24th February, 2011

As budgets are cut local authorities are selling off farmland without considering the long-term implications of losing a valuable asset for future generations. Tom Levitt reports more...

Green Business: Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard

Ruth Styles

9th February, 2011

From biodynamic farming methods to persuading people to give English wine another try, the Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard's Roy Cook is transforming the British wine industry
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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...

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Egypt's factory farming boom threatens stability of a hungry country

Joseph Mayton

23rd November, 2010

Increasing demand for meat in the land of the Pyramids is leading to more intensive farming, with serious consequences for food prices, the environment and animal welfare, reports Joseph Mayton in Cairo more...
Raul Montenegro

Alternative Nobel Prize winner Raul Montenegro: ‘Nuclear energy is a nonsense technology’

Kara Moses

5th November, 2010

Argentinean academic and activist Raul Montenegro on why indigenous people hold the keys to survival, why GM technologies only profit big business and how nuclear power ignores the rights of future generations more...

The pesticides scandal: Government inaction is destroying lives

Georgina Downs

The new coalition Government must do what Labour failed to do in 13 years in power and finally introduce the necessary measures to protect people from pesticides, says Georgina Downs more...
Coffee beans

Where does your instant coffee come from?

Phil Clarke-Hill

7th October, 2010

A new photographic exhibition - Made in Coorg - looks at what life is like for the coffee growers of the Coorg district of southern India, where the highly fertile land is increasingly sought after for larger plantations and tourism projects more...

How to grow food in strange places - by the experts

Helen Babbs

29th September 2010

You don't need a garden to grow your own fruit and veg. If you're a budding horticulturalist with no space to swing a trowel, here are some creative - and sometimes bizarre - ideas from around the world more...

Greenhorns: the network that's breathing new life into US farming

David Hawkins

14th September, 2010

It's helping attract youthful talent into sustainable agriculture across the US, but can the Greenhorns movement survive in the land of Big Ag, or cross the Atlantic to the UK? more...
Arjen Y. Hoekstra

The water footprint: the hidden cost of our meat consumption

Arjen Y. Hoekstra

2nd September, 2010

Watching our leaky taps is the least of our problems when it comes to water wastage - agricultural practices and animal products are by far the greater danger more...
Organic vegetables

Organic food comes of age at Bristol's Organic Food Festival

Eifion Rees

26th August, 2010

Held at Bristol Harbourside and celebrating its 10th anniversary, Europe's largest organic festival is a feast of food, drink and fabric that doesn't cost the earth more...
India's first Sauvignon blanc

Growing green grapes and bottling sustainable wine in India

Anna da Costa

10th August, 2010

Viticulture is growing at a rate of knots in India, and the country's largest winery is leading by environmental example more...
Pay the price

An international campaign to raise the price of food

Matilda Welin

5th August, 2010

Are demands for higher prices the future of food campaigning? Pay the Price is a Swedish thinktank demanding more expensive food to cover the hidden costs of production more...
Medway Court

How to start growing food on social housing estates

Christine Ottery

30th July, 2010

Estate community gardens are springing up in our cities - here's how to transform a derelict urban space into a food growing hub more...
Philippine farmers

Foreign land grabbing leaves Filipino farmers with nothing

Theodora Tsentas

26th July, 2010

Advocates of foreign ownership of agricultural land say it brings wealth, infrastructure and new farming techniques; opponents say that displaced and deskilled smallholders are often the result more...
Wwoofing

Why working holidays on organic farms help you see the world anew

Laura Laker

14th July, 2010

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is not just a cheap way to see the world - it's a hands-on way to learn new skills of sustainable living more...

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