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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
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What's the most sustainable fabric?

Conservative MP 'promoted cotton trade linked to child labour'

Lucy Dunne

2nd January, 2013

A Tory MP has been accused of drumming up support for the controversial Uzbekistan cotton trade campaigners claim is linked to child labour. Lucy Dunne reports more...
A GM tomato

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
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stacks of pound coins on a stock chart

Is it possible to make EU budgets a force for good?

The Ecologist

31st October, 2012

With better planning, EU spending can finance projects which bring environmental, social and economic benefits to all, says a new coalition of campaign groups
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Cattle in a deforested area of the Amazon

Revealed: how our shoes are linked to deforestation and slavery in the Amazon

Ida Dalgaard Steffensen, DanWatch

26th October, 2012

Europe is the world's largest importer of leather shoes but much of the leather itself comes from cattle farms deep in the Brazilian Amazon, where farms use slave labourers and where slaughterhouses do not respect workers' safety. Ida Dalgaard Steffensen reports more...

Toxic chemicals used for leather production poisoning India’s tannery workers

Pter Bengsten,Danwatch

26th October, 2012

India’s tanning industry has started tackling environmental issues but its progress on worker safety is woeful. As Peter Bengtsen found out, illness and deaths linked to toxic tanning chemicals appear worryingly common
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Cruelty and animal suffering blight India’s booming leather industry

Peter Bengtsen, DanWatch

26th October, 2012

Cattle crammed into trucks, calves hurled on their backs and other serious animal welfare abuses happen daily in India. Despite ambitious legislation, animal welfare is a concept the leather industry are yet to embrace. Peter Bengtsen reports 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...
Ivory Smuggling China

Why the Philippines’ role in the illegal ivory trade must stop

Dan Bucknell

16th October, 2012

The Philippines have become a significant transit point for illegally traded ivory, and far greater law enforcement is required, says Elephant Family's Dan Bucknall 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...

Road building programme gets green light by stealth

Jan Goodey

5th October, 2012

With a government seemingly intent on pushing through the latest road-building programme via its localism agenda campaigners are readying themselves for combined resistance using legal experts, alliance groupings and direct action
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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
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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...

Grinding Nemo: what's the real cost of your prawn curry?

The Ecologist

20th September, 2012

The tropical shrimp industry in Thailand exploits both people and the environment, a major new film by the Ecologist Film Unit, Link TV and Swedwatch reveals more...

How the smartphone boom could damage your health and the environment

Ecologist

3rd December, 2012

Behind the rise of smartphones and tablets, microwave pollution is a serious assault on our health reports Lynne Wycherley, whilst a new Ecologist Film Unit investigation uncovers the hidden cost of tin used in many phones more...
Worker's torture a recently captured baby elephant.

VIDEO: UK tourists fuelling brutal live elephant trade between Burma & Thailand

The Ecologist

23rd July, 2012

An illegal cross-border trade in endangered wild Asian elephants to serve Thailand's tourist industry is threatening the future of the species, an undercover investigation by the Ecologist Film Unit (EFU) has revealed more...
clams

Revealed: the illegal shellfish trade that's putting consumer health at risk

Andrew Wasley

30th May, 2012

The illicit supply of clams, cockles and oysters could spark a serious outbreak of food poisoning from E.coli, novovirus or salmonella. But gangmasters are cashing in on the lucrative trade. Andrew Wasley reports more...
Top Banana 2

Behind the label: how fair are organic and Fairtrade bananas?

Tom Levitt

28th May, 2012

The Dominican Republic's organic and Fairtrade boom has helped banana growers but what about the slum-dwelling Haitian migrant workers? Tom Levitt reports on the plight of the forgotten people in the banana trade more...
Lui Jianquiang

Liu Jianqiang: fighting for environmental justice in China

Tom Levitt

11th May, 2012

Tom Levitt speaks to one of China's most respected investigative journalists Liu Jianqiang on the rise of environmental activism in China more...

Environment chief backs gas 'fracking' and nuclear in the UK

Ecologist

8th May, 2012

Lord Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, joins the calls for a gas 'fracking' boom, saying it would provide 'energy security' more...
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May 2012 Subscribers Newsletter

Ecologist

May 8th, 2012

Welcome to the May Subscribers Newsletter. This month we investigate the complexities of prosecuting corporations accused of plundering natural resources in war; report from Ethiopia on the future of the pastoralist tribes and ask whether we can better use technology to tackle the eco crisis. To access your newsletter log in and scroll down to the bottom of the page more...
A young pastoralist with cattle

Crisis or rebirth? The future of Ethiopia's pastoralist tribes

Tom Levitt

3rd May, 2012

Pastoralism is in crisis across Africa. But it could yet survive as the best available defence against climate change and famine. Tom Levitt reports from southern Ethiopia more...
nuclear

Nuclear waste 'may be blighting 1,000 sites' in the UK

Rob Edwards, guardian

2nd May, 2012

MoD under fire after DECC report finds number of sites contaminated with radioactive waste is far higher than previously estimated more...
Naked bike protest

World Naked Bike Ride: the environmental protest with a difference

Amy Hall

27th April, 2012

How a seemingly jovial naked bike ride protest can bring key environmental issues like oil and car dependency to new audiences more...
Boris bikes in London

London mayor election: who is the greenest choice?

Mark Briggs

26th April, 2012

With Londoners due to go to the polls to elect a mayor for the next four years, the Ecologist analyses the policies and asks, who is the greenest choice? more...

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