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Small is the New Big

Vandana Shiva

28th February 2014

Vandana Shiva reminds us that the very future of food security in India (and indeed worldwide) lies in protecting and promoting the country's small farmers. more...

Food security has jumped up the agenda at Durban climate conference

Olivier De Schutter

7th December, 2011

The impact of climate change on food insecurity is creating growing interest in agro-ecological methods of farming at the COP17 climate negotiations in Durban, says UN advisor Olivier De Schutter more...

Giri Raja: the Forest King – reporting on the “wonder-chicken” hailed as a solution to feeding India’s poor

Andrew Wasley

7th August, 2008

It was bred to aid the rural poor, but one bird is also helping break industrialised farming’s stranglehold on India. Andrew Wasley meets the remarkable Giriraja more...
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Africa's Green Revolution 2.0: rejecting agribusiness, pesticides and GM greenwash

Chris Milton

26th May, 2011

A pioneering campaign is challenging industrial agriculture in Africa, returning food sovereignty to the people and empowering women to lead a new movement that rejects the 'pesticide and loan culture' of the first Green Revolution. Chris Milton reports

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Do indigenous peoples hold the key to tackling global hunger?

Peter Giovannini

22nd February,2011

Competition for land, water and energy are increasing, exacerbated by climate change and a growing population. But why does the Food and Agriculture Organisation now believe indigenous people could provide a solution? Peter Giovannini investigates more...
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Laura Sandys MP: why food security must be viewed as a strategic threat

Laura Sandys

18th January, 2011

With cheap food pricing, over-reliance on imports, and the pressures of a growing population, the UK's food security is set to rise up the national agenda. The Coalition Government must be prepared for the challenges ahead more...
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The water footprint: the hidden cost of our meat consumption

Arjen Y. Hoekstra

2nd September, 2010

Watching our leaky taps is the least of our problems when it comes to water wastage - agricultural practices and animal products are by far the greater danger more...
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Malawi reaps the reward of returning to age-old, chemical-free farming

Molly Stevenson

22nd June, 2010

Returning to age-old, chemical-free farming techniques is improving crop harvest for Malawian farmers more...

PHOTO GALLERY: Homes for a changing climate

Will Anderson

29th December, 2009

In an extract from his new book Homes for a Changing Climate, Will Anderson makes the case for building 21st century homes that can withstand the effects of climate change and help usher in a low-carbon revolution more...
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CASE STUDY: local food needs local supply chains

Laura Sevier

2nd February, 2008

'I can tell you what farm every cow came from, how long it's been in the family, where it's been killed and if it had a name.' Laura Sevier meets an inspirational Orcadian food supplier more...

Lester Brown: 'We shouldn't count on Copenhagen to save us'

Matilda Lee

10th November, 2009

Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute and the WorldWatch Institute, on his fears for Copenhagen, genetically modified food and the failure of the media more...
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Farmers unite!

Ed Hamer

1st April, 2009

The uniting of 800 million rural workers against the loss of their traditional way of life gives lie to globalisation’s claims to beneficence. Resistance is far from futile, says Ed Hamer more...

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The world's first environmental refugees

Dan McDougall

30th January, 2009

The disappearance of Lohachara beneath the waters of the Bay of Bengal created the world’s first environmental refugees. Dan McDougall reports on other islanders in the Sundarbans delta who have no escape from the rising ocean. Photography by Robin Hammond more...
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Chickens, Globalisation and the Forest King

Joyce D'Silva

19th August, 2008

Globally over 60 billion animals are farmed for food every year. The 2006 Report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), “Livestock’s Long Shadow”, predicted that global meat consumption will more than double by 2050 (from 2001). more...
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The Forest King

Andrew Wasley

7th August, 2008

It was bred to aid the rural poor, but one bird is also helping break industrialised farming’s stranglehold on India. Andrew Wasley meets the remarkable Giriraja
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All hands to the plough

Ed Hamer

7th August, 2008

The community supports the farmer and the farmer supports the community. Why isn't everyone taking part in the latest agricultural revolution, wonders Ed Hamer more...
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Foresight without vision

Simon Fairlie

20th June, 2008

Who decides how our land is put to use? With food security and energy crises on the horizon, the Government’s new think-tank needs to pull its socks up, says Simon Fairlie more...
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Size really does matter

Dr Naomi Salmon

19th June, 2008

Nanofoods are the next big thing, but whatever happened to the precautionary principle asks Naomi Salmon more...
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Foraging for sanity - building Holistic Health in Harmony with Nature

Fergus Drennan

1st June, 2008

Expelled from Eden and adrift amid the miracles of modern living, going back to nature is the only way to stay sane and healthy in this mad, bad world, says Fergus Drennan

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Grow your own

Tim Lang

1st April, 2008

The World Bank’s 2008 World Development Report makes a grim prediction of what is to come: more...
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A steady-state economy

Herman Daly

1st April, 2008

Economist Herman E Daly argues that our future depends on a new economic model, one that needs to be defined by the dynamic balance – the steady state – of the natural world upon which it depends. more...
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The commons: an antidote to globalisation

Jonathon Rowe

1st April, 2008

The corporate market has become the institutional equivalent of a compulsive eater. It has a built-in hunger that cannot be filled, and it is hard to stop the damage within the framework of its own game.
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10 Reasons why organic can save the world

Ed Hamer & Mark Anslow

1st March, 2008

Can organic farming feed the world? Ed Hamer and Mark Anslow say yes, but we must farm and eat differently more...
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10 reasons why GM won't feed the world

Mark Anslow

1st March, 2008

Genetic modification can't deliver a safe, secure future food supply. Here's why... more...
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Campaign to save British Bees launched

News

12th February, 2008

The British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) will this week call for for a five-year £8m research programme to save the insect from colony collapse disorder (CCD). more...

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