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How do you feed a city of 117,000 people sustainably?

August 30th, 2013

Charlie Taverner

Exeter might be affluent and hungry for locally produced, sustainable food, but in common with other towns and cities across the UK, independent retailers, producers and food entrepreneurs face an uphill challenge, reports Charlie Taverner more...

Badgers: the truth behind the cull

Dominic Dyer

12th August 2013

Of 5,500 badgers to be shot during the pilot culls, only 240 will be independently monitored for humaneness, it has emerged. And just 4 Natural England officials will oversee the killing in Gloucestershire and Somerset more...
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Food matters: 'Politicians need to focus on our failing food system'

The Ecologist

22nd July, 2013

Dan Crossley, of the Food Ethics Council, talks to the Ecologist about their work on developing an 'ethical food manifesto' ahead of the next general election more...

Food matters: why feeding the world should be a 'public health project'

12th July, 2013

Ecologist

Libby Grundy, Food for Life Director at the Soil Association, talks to the Ecologist about the food challenges facing the planet and what's inspiring her work... more...

Elephants suffer as forestry habitat destroyed

July 2nd, 2013

The Ecologist

The Sumatran elephant, one of the smallest of the Asian elephants, is the most endangered elephant in the world. Currently there are between 2,400 and 2,800 left, making the species 'critically endangered', according to the charity Elephant Family. more...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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