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Celebrating. Photo: Jason Taylor for Friends of the Earth 2014.

When our land is free, we're all free

Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor & Jacinta Fay

7th May 2014

Across Africa, corporations are grabbing community land and water - and nowhere more than in Liberia, where half the country has already been lost. But one community has shown it's possible to overcome intimidation, organize and resist. more...
Biogas digester. This EcoSan pilot project was implemented at a prison in Meru for about 1.500 inmates and 350 staff. Photo: SuSanA Secretariat via Flickr.com.

Biogas - the global green solution for health, energy, environment

John M. Hawdon

8th May 2014

Biogas digesters are a key technology for global sustainable development, writes John M. Hawdon. They simultaneously combat parasites that infect a billion people, reduce deforestation and methane emissions, and deliver vital energy to rural communities. more...
Roundup Ultra destroys down to the roots. That's not to mention what glyphosate, the main active ingredient of Roundup, does to our health. Photo: David Reverchon via Flickr.com

Glyphosate is a disaster for human health

Dr Mae Wan Ho

30th April 2014

Extensive, long running evidence for the cancer-causing effects of glyphosate, and other toxic impacts, have been ignored by regulators. Indeed as the evidence has built up, permitted levels in food have been hugely increased, writes Dr Mae Wan Ho. more...
Mothers milk. Photo: Krisztina Konczos via Flickr.com.

Glyphosate found in breast milk

The Ecologist

28th April 2014

A pilot study of American mothers' milk has found levels of the herbicide glyphosate around 1,000 times higher than allowed in European drinking water. Campaigners are demanding a ban on the use of glyphosate on food crops. more...
Bringing 'Perpetual leeks' from the Schumacher College forest garden in to the kitchen for the day's soup.

Towards an agroecological food system

Joanna Wright

10th May 2014

How we feed ourselves sits at the crux of all human affairs, writes Joanna Wright - the health of our bodies and communities. Far too important to leave to industrial farms and processors, it's something we can all begin to do for ourselves. more...
Over 100 people set up a farmers' market stall outside DEFRA offices to denounce Owen Paterson's marginalisation of small farms. Photo: Adrian Arbib.

Small scale farmers are feeding our future!

Ed Hamer

18th April 2014

The Land Workers Alliance gathered yesterday at DEFRA's London HQ to protest at the corrupt relationship between Government and corporate agriculture - and the deliberate marginalisation of small farmers, our most sustainable producers. Ed Hamer explains ... more...
It's not just whether it's organic - it's also what it is. Organic red cabbage from Sandy Lane Farm, Oxfordshire, England.

Does organic food reduce cancer risk?

Pat Thomas

16th April 2014

A widely publicised study has suggested that eating organic food doesn't stop you getting cancer. Pat Thomas finds the study deeply unconvincing - and wonders why Cancer Research UK is so quick to trumpet its conclusions. more...
Threatened desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii). Photo: Roy C. Averill-Murray / USFWS Endangered Species via Flickr.com.

USA: Government gives in to illegal rancher's armed militia

The Ecologist

16th April 2014

Federal Agencies have capitulated to an armed militia protecting a Nevada rancher running his cattle on 100s of 1,000s of acres of public land reserved for 'threatened' Desert tortoises - despite multiple court orders and over $1 million in unpaid fines. more...
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...
The teff harvest in the highlands of northern Ethiopia. Photo: Alan Davey via Flickr.com.

Ethiopia's seed banks - under threat from G8 plan to 'develop' Africa

Claire Provost in Addis Ababa

25th April 2014

Ethiopia leads the way in preserving crop seeds by engaging farming communities in the effort, and making the exchange of seeds part of village life and culture, reports Claire Provost. But now it's all at risk from a G8 plan to open Africa to corporate agriculture. more...
P&G commits to deforestation-free palm oil.

P&G promises 'deforestation free' palm oil

The Ecologist

9th April 2014

Procter & Gamble has committed to use only 'no deforestation' palm oil by 2020. Greenpeace claims success for its campaign, focused on Head & Shoulders shampoo. more...
Locally produced biochar. Photo: Carbon Gold.

Biochar doubles plant growth

Oliver Tickell

7th April 2014

New research shows that biochar in soil strongly stimulates plant growth, more than doubling yields. However the extra growth may come at the cost of reduced plant defences against pests. more...

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This time, it's for real. Kit Carson Cowboy Annual, 1958, front cover. Photo: Steve Bowbrick via flickr.com.

Cowboy-Indian solidarity challenges the Keystone XL

Brian Ward for SCNCC

12th April 2014

The 'Cowboy Indian Alliance' heads to Washington this month to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, Brian Ward reports on the rich history of collaborative resistance to destructive corporate power between ranchers and Native Americans. more...
Dominic Dyer addressing a public meeting against the badger cull in Exeter. Photo: Lesley Docksey.

Dominic Dyer, badger champion

Lesley Docksey

9th April 2014

Anyone working to protect badgers from culling will know of Dominic Dyer - wildlife advocate and new director of the Badger Trust. Lesley Docksey met him 'on the hoof' at a recent march - and found out just why the badger campaign is so important to him. more...
Badger sniffing daisies. Photo: Sally Longstaff via Flickr.com.

Paterson's plans for a national badger cull bite the dust

Dominic Dyer

4th April 2014

Owen Paterson's bold plans for a national badger cull rollout are now in tatters, writes Dominic Dyer, as he stands condemned by both sides in the debate. Wales shows the real way forward, with biosecurity, cattle movement control, TB testing and vaccination. more...
Owen Paterson. Photo: Jamie Grey via Flickr.com.

Badger cull will resume - but no new areas

Owen Paterson

3rd April 2014

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told Parliament today that the badger cull will continue - and with no independent scientific oversight. However it will not move to new areas. Here we reproduce his full statement to the House of Commons. more...
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...
Sadias Adam Imam collects millet, El Fasher, Darfur. Photo: UNAMID via Flickr.com.

UK 'aid' is financing a corporate scramble for Africa

Miriam Ross

3rd April 2014

£600 million of UK aid money is going to help companies like Unilever and Monsanto take over African land and agriculture, writes Miriam Ross. The corporate power-grab will be disastrous for the small-scale farmers who feed at least 70% of Africa's people. more...
An early victim of climate change? Aleppo, 29th January 2014. Photo: Freedom House via Flickr.com.

The melting Arctic, and revolutions to come

Robert & Jack Hunziker

26th April 2014

The world is facing the imminent threat of severe climate disruption from the warming Arctic, write Robert & Jack Hunziker, leading to a global crisis. But the response of the powerful is only to increase fossil fuel exploitation - and damn the consequences. more...

What's the beef?

Tom Levitt

1 April 2014

Lab-grown meat could solve the environmental and ethical problems of industrial agriculture. But will anyone want to eat it? more...
'Leg it' by Do The Green Thing.

Tonight's Earth Hour - it's really about what you do next ...

Rebecca Cooke

29th March 2014

In the lead-up to tonight's Earth Hour one organisation is putting the creative community on the front lines of the battle for climate change. Rebecca Cooke reports on the remarkable series of 29 posters to provoke and intrigue us into climate action. more...
Crop dusting near Ripley, Mississippi, USA. Roger Smith via Flickr.com.

'Extreme levels' of Roundup are the norm in GMO soya

Thomas Bøhn and Marek Cuhra

1st April 2014

To accommodate high levels of Roundup residues in GM soya, limits were raised 200-fold - with no scientific justification and ignoring growing evidence of toxicity. What Monsanto calls 'extreme levels' are now the norm - but only in GM crops. more...
A badger out hunting for worms. Photo: Andrea via Flickr.com.

Paterson - preparing to ditch the badger cull?

Oliver Tickell

27th March 2013

Owen Paterson answered MPs' questions today about bovine TB and the badger cull. Answers were few, but the emphasis has shifted ... could the revised BTB strategy contain a significant omission - the cull? more...
Guanaco in Chile's Torres del Payne National Park. Photo: Fernando Venegas Traba via Flickr.com.

When rewilding isn't mad - guanacos can transform the espinal of Chile

Meredith Root-Bernstein

27th March 2014

The degraded Mediterranean-like savannas of Central Chile are in serious need of re-wilding, writes Meredith Root-Bernstein. And that means bringing back the guanaco, hunted out 500 years ago, to browse on the thorny acacia scrub. 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...

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