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A regular sight in rural areas - pesticides being applied to crops. Photo: Billy Ridgers.

Pesticides can cause cancer - so why does CRUK ignore them?

Georgina Downs

3rd April 2014

Cancer Research UK's slogan is 'Let's beat cancer sooner'. But Georgina Downs wonders why it ignores the role of pesticides sprayed on crop fields - which is a recognised cause of cancer - and why it has spent over £750 million since 2007 on paying its employees. more...
Emmanuel Giboulot.

Organic winemaker risks prison for not using pesticide

Sandra Saadi

28th March 2013

An organic farmer in France's Cote d'Or has been prosecuted for refusing to spray insecticide on his vineyard - and is anxiously awaiting the verdict, due on 7th April. He faces 6 months in prison and a €30,000 fine. more...
'If we had less pesticide use in the environment we wouldn't have such a problem.' Photo: C.G.P. Grey via Flickr.com.

Death by pest or pesticide? Antibiotic dangers trap bees in a Catch 22

Matthew Thompson

2nd February 2014

Antibiotics used to protect them from bacterial illnesses ravaging hives are making them die from commonly used pesticides, some of which are used to ward-off bee-killing parasites. Matthew Thompson reports. more...
Crop spraying near Harvington, Worcestershire, England. Photo: muffinn via Flickr.com.

Revealed: the chemical blitz of pesticides in our fields

Dave Goulson

30th January 2014

An ordinary arable field in Sussex is sprayed with pesticides 22 times over a single growing season. Dave Goulson wonders how the bees can survive this toxic onslaught - and exactly who benefits. more...
'DDT is good for me!' - detail of Penn Salt chemicals advertisement in Time magazine June 30, 1947. Photo: Crossett Library via Flickr.com.

DDT link to Alzheimers

Sophie Morlin-Yron

29th January 2014

A new study shows a strong link between exposure to the pesticide DDT and Alzheimer's dementia. Sophie Morlin-Yron reports. more...
Warburtons 'Toastie'. Graphic by Hwa Young Jung via Flickr.com.

Harmful weedkiller in your bread and cereal bars

Andrew Wasley

31st December, 2013

Jordans cereal bars and Warburtons bread have been found to contain traces of glyphosate - a controversial herbicide that campaigners say poses a risk to human health. Andrew Wasley reports ... more...
Spraying pesticides - somewhere near you? Photo: Meg Wallace Photography / Shutterstock.

Pesticides - the Government must protect us!

Georgina Downs

17th December 2013

Campaigner Georgina Downs has scored a significant victory in her 12 year battle against the UK Government. But DEFRA Ministers have still failed to secure protection from pesticides for people in the countryside. more...

Are you eating ‘pesticide plants’?

by Pat Thomas

After a week of events throughout the UK aimed at highlighting the health risks of eating genetically modified foods, Pat Thomas highlights a key health message that many of us have missed.....
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Bees with Alzheimer’s – the price of pesticides

April 8th, 2013

by Pat Thomas

Pat Thomas on why me must continue to fight against excessive pesticide use, for the sake of both humans and bees....... more...
Raising Resistance

Paraguay's small farmers defend livelihoods against industrial soya production

Grace Philip

8th May, 2012

A new film, Raising Resistance, gives a telling account of how Paraguay's small farmers are suffering social and environmental ills from the country's meteoric rise in soya farming more...
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...
Bees

Six reasons to become an urban beekeeper

Zion Lights

19th April, 2012

Urban beekeeping will help boost the UK's declining bee population. Here are six reasons to get involved more...

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Bees

Grave threat of pesticides to bees' billion-pound bonanza is now clear

Damian Carrington, Guardian Head of Environment

April 2012

Replacing the pollination of food crops that the UK's bees perform for free would cost £1.8bn. With hard data now linking pesticides to bees' rapid decline, there is no excuse for inaction, says Damian Carrington more...
Honey bees

TAKE ACTION: Support Friends of the Earth's National Bee Action Plan

Mark Briggs

11th April, 2012

In China, pear trees have had to be pollinated by hand after bees were wiped out by industrial farming. Now FOE have launched a petition to get the UK government to help halt the decline in Britain's own bee population more...
Jeans and ethical fashion

Why jeans buck the fast-fashion phenomenon

Sophie Woodward

28th March, 2012

Denim has been in fashion since the early 19th century, which is why it is in the ultimate 'slow fashion' statement. Wear yours worn and ragged, and the older the better argues Sophie Woodward more...
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The Ecologist meets…Katherine Hamnett

Ruth Styles

13th March, 2012

It’s 27 years since fashion’s enfant terrible made headlines by arriving at Downing Street in a protest t-shirt but, as she tells Ruth Styles, Katharine Hamnett is as ready to stand up for the planet as ever more...

How Dow and Monsanto teamed up over 'Agent Orange' herbicide

Richard Schiffman

24th February, 2012

In a match some would say was made in hell, two of the world's leading producers of agro-chemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the herbicide 2, 4-D, - one-half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange more...
Obesity

Which chemicals are making us fat?

Ecologist

12th January, 2012

In her book 'The 21st Century is Making you Fat' former Ecologist Editor Pat Thomas details the full range of industrial and everyday chemicals known to encourage us to get fat more...

Revealed: the child victims of pesticide poisoning in India

Peter Caton and Beatriz Lopez

4th January, 2012

Endosulfan is the pesticide of choice for farmers in rural India trying to control insects threatening cashew nut and other crops - but the chemical can have devastating health impacts more...
Grasslands Trust

Can the common agricultural policy save England's green and pleasant land?

Matilda Lee

11th October, 2011

As reform of the EU's agriculture policy gets underway, Miles King of the Grassland Trust tells Matilda Lee how intensive farming has all but destroyed England's 'rainforests' and why it's time we started asking for more from our farmers more...
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Toxic fallout as activists challenge strawberry industry's pesticide use

Rosie Spinks

10th October, 2011

Faced with the potential use of a dangerous pesticide methyl iodide to spray crops in their backyards, a group of Californian teenagers decided to stand up to the might of industrial agribusiness. Rosie Spinks reports more...

Sour Milk – undercover inside the US intensive dairy industry

Jim Wickens

21st September 2010

With planning permission for Britain's biggest dairy at Nocton about to be re-submitted, The Ecologist travels to California to examine intensive milk production - and finds factory farms, conflict, intimidation, pesticides, pollution and small-scale farmers driven out of business... more...
People Tree in Bangladesh

Safia Minney: fashion’s impact on the earth

Safia Minney

15th September, 2011

In an exclusive extract from her new book - Naked Fashion - the People Tree founder looks at the environmental damage caused by modern fashion – and sketches out a radical new way forward
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Neal's Yard Remedies

Neal's Yard Remedies: organic skincare to feed the soul

Laura Sevier

14th September, 2011

Neal's Yard Remedies is a cut above other skincare companies in its commitment to natural ingredients. Laura Sevier speaks to owner Peter Kindersley about the brand's deep ecology more...
The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes, 1945-95

The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes,1945-95

Mark Newton

8th September, 2011

Phillip Conford's treatise on the rise of the organic movement is anything but dull, says Mark Newton more...

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