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Contented cow at Three Cliffs Bay, Penmaen (near Swansea), South Wales. Photo: Mélanie via Flickr.com.

How Wales is defeating bovine TB without killing badgers

Jan Bayley

14th April 2014

Wales has an enviable record of declining BTB in cattle - without having to kill a single badger. Jan Bayley explains how Wales's combination of frequent testing and exacting biosecurity has succeeded - and how England can learn from Wales's experience. more...
Brian May on a badger cull protest outside Parliament, 1st June 2013. Photo: Brian Minkoff - London Pixels / Wikimedia Commons.

Brian May - from rock star to badger champion

Lesley Docksey

10th March 2014

Brian May is best known as lead guitarist for the rock band Queen. But as Lesley Docksey discovers, he is also an astrophysicist, and a committed - and highly effective - advocate for Britain's wild animals, including badgers put at risk by England's cull programme. more...
A fiasco. Photo: Gwydion M. Williams via Flickr.com.

Badger culls were ineffective and inhumane

Oliver Tickell

28th February 2014

Sources close to Defra have revealed that the UK's badger culls were an outright failure. They killed well under the target number of animals, and were unable to meet Defra's own 'humaneness test' more...
Cattle near Oxford. Photo: Alcalaina via Flickr.com.

Genetic study shows we can breed TB-resistant cows

Liz Glass

24th February 2014

The debate on protecting cattle from TB has become polarised between supporters of killing badgers, and vaccination. But as Liz Glass reports, there is another solution: breeding cattle with innate TB resistance. more...

Forest Holidays: Happiness (Proven) Amongst The Trees

Susan Clark

If you go down to the woods today (and stay at least until tomorrow) you're sure to come home feeling a whole lot better says Susan Clark, who recommends holing up in one of the UK's Forest Holidays' log cabins for a day or two ... more...

Science proves what we all know: Nature is Good for your Health!

by Richard J Dolesh

Richard Dolesh reports on a recently published study, the findings of which support what most of us know intuitively - that nature is good for us. more...

Cooking with Gorse: Foraging for the Kitchen

April 30th, 2013

by Susan Clark

How would you capture the wafting coconut-like scent of a coastal gorse bush? By turning the flowers into a stunningly delicious ice cream says Susan Clark
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Cooking with Wild Garlic: Foraging for the Kitchen

April 19th, 2013

by Susan Clark

If there's one plant you don't need to be a botanist to safely identify it's wild garlic. Just follow your nose ... and head straight back to your kitchen says Susan Clark more...
Tuna catch

Are captive tuna farms a viable alternative to overfishing?

Tom Edathikunnel

22nd August, 2012

The Kindai tuna, bred by scientists at Kinki University, may lead the way for future large-scale tuna farms. Tom Edathikunnel investigates whether the idea really is preferable to overfishing more...
Oil drilling in the Amazon

Texaco's pollution of Ecuador's indigenous lands brought to light in new DVD

Nicola Peel

8th August, 2012

Nicola Peel talks about her new DVD, Blood of the Amazon, telling of her travels through the rainforest and her investigations on the effects of reckless oil drilling on indigenous communities more...
dr wakde

Review: Backache Therapy Massage with Ozone Steam

Ruth Styles

21st May, 2012

Combining stress-busting know how with Ayurvedic tradition, Dr Wakde’s Natural Health Clinic is the place to go when you need a natural solution for stress and aches, says a revitalised Ruth Styles more...
Tried and tested: mineral make-up

Tried and tested: mineral make-up

Thea Byrgesen

9th May, 2012

With synthetic and chemical free formulas, and a colour range to rival Monet, modern mineral make-up is skin and planet friendly. Thea Byrgesen rounds up the best more...

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Soya: how one super crop lost its way

The dark side of soya: how one super crop lost its way

Amy Hall

1st May, 2012

A decade ago, soya was being hailed as a superfood but in recent years, numerous issues surrounding deforestation and its impact on health have come to light more...
TAKE ACTION to end animal testing on cosmetics

TAKE ACTION to end cosmetic testing on animals

Mark Briggs

24th April, 2012

Lush Cosmetics have teamed up with the Humane Society International to launch a campaign to ensure long-awaited proposals banning products tested on animals outside the EU are fully enforced more...
Tried and tested: eco-friendly lip balm

Tried and tested: lip balm

Ruth Styles

25th April, 2012

High on petrochemicals and low on efficacy, it’s time to swap your Vaseline for something a little greener. Ruth Styles puts the planet-pleasing alternatives to the test more...
terre d'oc

Natural make-up: why it’s giving MAC a run for its money

Matilda Lee

18th April, 2012

Matilda Lee meets the Estée Lauder of natural make-up, Terre d’Oc’s Valerie Roubaud, to find out why natural cosmetics are ready to take on the conventional kind more...
perfume

Death by jasmine: why organic perfumery is under threat

Ruth Styles

17th April, 2012

Is real jasmine really worse for you than the synthetic version? It might sound crazy but that's exactly what the International Fragrance Association believe – and it’s making life tough for organic and natural perfumers. Ruth Styles reports more...
The Ecologist meets… Lena Korres

The Ecologist meets… Korres co-founder, Lena Korres

Ruth Styles

13th April, 2012

Greece might be in dire financial straights but for the country’s best-known natural beauty brand, things have never been better. Ruth Styles caught up with Lena Korres to find out why more...

TAKE ACTION to protect 'free from' labelling on skincare products

Mark Briggs

10th April, 2012

Knowing what isn't in a beauty product can be as important as knowing what is. New EU legislation threatens to restrict the 'free from' term on skincare labels but Neal's Yard Remedies say this penalises those that go out of their way to ensure products are safe more...
Heavenly honey: why the golden stuff is great for your skin

Heavenly honey: why the golden stuff is good news for your skin

Ruth Styles

4th April, 2012

A natural moisturiser packed with antioxidants, honey is a sweet treat that can make a big difference to your dermis more...
Mother's day

Tried and tested: Mother’s Day beauty gifts

Ruth Styles

16th March, 2012

Done with daffodils? Treat your mum to some gorgeous natural beauty goodies instead. The Ecologist has some suggestions more...
natural fitness

How to get fit, healthy (and slim) the natural way

Phoebe Doyle

7th March, 2012

Thanks to celebrity mums, the pressure to shape up post birth has never been higher. But don’t succumb to extreme diets; as the Ecologist’s natural fitness experts explain, slow and steady wins the race
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natural labour

Top 10...tips for a natural labour

Holly Jeffery

7th March, 2012

Whether it’s raspberry leaf tea or a spot of stretching, pregnancy massage specialist Holly Jeffery suggests some all-natural ways to keep labour pain at bay more...
ORGANIC BEAUTY

Organic beauty decoded: the truth about your favourite natural products

Bethany Hubbard

7th March, 2012

Baffled by the growing number of claims made by organic and natural beauty companies? The Ecologist reveals the truth behind the myths more...
massage

Make mine a massage: how the power of touch can give you better health

Ruth Styles

6th March, 2012

Not just a luxury, massage can reduce stress, tension and immune system baddie, cortisol. But not everyone can afford a weekly back rub so the Ecologist joined the students at Neal’s Yard Remedies to find out how to do it DIY style more...

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