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Cows feeding

'Routine antibiotic use' linked to new MRSA strain found in UK dairy cows

Tom Levitt

3rd June, 2011

Fresh concerns over the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections from farm animals to humans have been raised after scientists find new strain of potentially deadly superbug in dairy cows more...
spices

Spices: the true cost of a kitchen staple

Jeff Holman

24th May, 2011

From habitat loss to human rights abuses; as Jeff Holman discovered, your pepper, saffron and turmeric aren’t quite as innocent as they seem more...
Chickens

Overuse of drugs in animal farming linked to growing antibiotic-resistance in humans

Tom Levitt

23rd May, 2011

Urgent calls from health experts to reduce antibiotic use on intensive farms are largely resisted by the agribusiness food lobby, who downplay its role in the spread of antibiotic resistance in humans. Tom Levitt 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...
weed salad

Wild about weeds

Jeff Holman

5th April, 2011

An underrated source of vitamins; nettles, dandelions and chickweed are a nuisance on the lawn but great to eat. Jeff Holman takes another look more...

How to...detox

Vi Nguyen

7th January, 2011

If the festive season has left you a pound or two overweight, a detox could be just what you need. Here’s how to do it the eco-friendly way more...
Antibiotics being administered

UK rejects veterinary advice to ban antibiotic drug adverts to farmers

Tom Levitt

5th January, 2011

Strong industry lobbying sees Defra ignore concerns from its own vets about overuse and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bugs from farm animals to the food chain more...

How to…detox

Vi Nguyen

7th January, 2011

If the festive season has left you a pound or two overweight, a detox could be just what you need. Here’s how to do it the eco-friendly way more...
A pesticides sign

UK says it will ignore medical advice on pesticide-spraying

Tom Levitt

15th December, 2010

Public will not have to be notified when crops, fields or parks are being sprayed with pesticides potentially harmful to their health, despite warnings from the British Medical Association more...
Cows feeding

What is the environmental footprint of mega-dairy farming?



Tom Levitt

15th November, 2010

Plans for US-style mega-dairy farms in the UK are being heralded for their potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but scaling up may create as many problems as it attempts to solve

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Spices including star anise, cinnamon, cardamom and peppercorns

Aromatherapy in your kitchen: part two - cooking with spices

Pat Thomas

29th October, 2010

Spices don't simply add flavour to your food - they also aid digestion, protect against bacteria and prevent a range of illnesses more...
Child in playground

Ban pesticide-use in public parks and school grounds - campaigners

Tom Levitt

25th October, 2010

Awareness of pesticide-use in public areas used by children is low but the health dangers demand our attention more...

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A cow being injected with antibiotics

E.coli and salmonella resistance 'spreading' due to antibiotics overuse

Tom Levitt

23rd September, 2010

Defra urged to stop 'downplaying' the problem and ban 'unacceptable' advertising of antibiotics to farmers more...
A salmon

US delays approval for fast-growing GM salmon

The Ecologist

22nd September, 2010

Campaigners say approval for the genetically modified salmon would carry 'great risk' and pave the way for more GM animals to enter the market more...
Teflon pan

Non-stick pans can affect our hormones, new research suggests

Ecologist

23rd August, 2010

Norwegian study highlights the effects of PFC and PCB chemicals on human health more...
Hamburger

'Fat tax' solutions ignore wider social factors driving junk food habits

Lee Bunce

16th August, 2010

Renewed calls for a tax on less nutritious foods do not take account of the importance of issues like education, advertising and social justice say campaigners more...
nutrition label

Will the UN's Codex Alimentarius make our food less nutritious?

Chris Milton

10th August, 2010

What started out as a conventional UN bureaucracy has become the subject of wild speculation and fear - just what is the UN's Codex Alimentarius, and what does it mean for our food and health? more...
Seaweed

Why we should grow and eat more seaweed

Eifion Rees

20th July, 2010

It's one of the healthiest, most versatile 'weeds' around. Asian countries have enjoyed the benefits for centuries. So where is the market for homegrown UK seaweed? more...
Food labelling

Industry lobbying sees EU reject 'traffic light' food labelling

Ecologist

17th June, 2010

Food industry spent €1 billion euros lobbying against proposals to help consumers make 'healthy meal' choices with a system of red, green and amber labels on the front of food packaging more...
Drinking fountain

Lack of drinking fountains in parks makes kids buy fizzy drinks

Ecologist

4th June, 2010

Children may be more likely to turn to sugary drinks and ice-creams because of a lack of working water fountains in public parks in the UK, says campaign group more...
Turtle

Tesco, Boots and Subway accused of selling unethical tuna

Ecologist

24th May, 2010

Research shows that high street chains using 'dolphin-friendly' claim on tuna tins are misleading customers about damage to other marine wildlife including turtles more...
Tractor spraying pesticide

Pesticide residue exposure linked to ADHD in children

Ecologist

20th May, 2010

Parents urged to wash fruits and vegetables before eating after study finds commonly used pesticides may contribute to ADHD in children more...
Farmer spraying crops with pesticides

Farm pesticides linked to skin cancer

Ecologist

7th April, 2010

Large-scale study highlights agricultural chemicals as a possible risk factor behind rising rates of melanoma in the US more...
roast chicken lunch

How to campaign for better school food

Laura Sevier

25th March, 2010

All you need to know to get fresher, healthier and greener food into your child's school - from nurseries to primary and secondary schools more...
Polluted waterway

Human waste could be fertiliser and power source

Ecologist

24th March, 2010

Many of the substances that make wastewater a pollutant can also be useful as fertilisers for agriculture and in generating gases for small power stations, says report more...

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