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Coke joins Oxfam's fight against land grabs

Oliver Tickell

8th November 2013

Coca-Cola has announced a "zero tolerance for land grabs" policy aimed at protecting communities from having their land stolen by big landlords and agro-industrial enterprises. more...
Top 10... alternatives to sugar

Top 10...alternatives to sugar

Mark Briggs

Want to give up sugar while still indulging your sweet tooth? Mark Briggs rounds up 10 natural alternatives more...
The truth about food additives: are you eating too many?

The truth about food additives: how they threaten your health

Dr Fabrizio Mancini

18th January, 2012

In an extract from his new book, The Power of Self-Healing, Dr Fabrizio Mancini explains why sugar and food additives - from aspartame to trans fats - could have a severely detrimental effect on your health more...
Mabira Forest

Ugandans mobilise to save Mabira forest from sugarcane plantation

Esther Nakkazi

20th September, 2011

One of Africa's last remaining tropical forests, Mabira is home to precious wildlife and is an eco tourist attraction. But it is now under threat from sugarcane production. Esther Nakkazi reports more...
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Revealed: the bitter taste of Cambodia’s sugar boom

Sam Campbell

13th April, 2011

Sugar may seem innocuous enough, but sweet-toothed Western consumers could be fuelling conflict between poor farming communities and big business with every spoonful. Sam Campbell reports from Phnom Penh more...
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Sugar: why our favourite spoonful is not so sweet

William McLennan

13th April, 2011

Sugar can be produced from both sugar beet and sugarcane. Sugarcane production is of particular concern in terms of environmental degradation and human rights abuses, reports William McLennan more...
What's really in your cuppa?

What's really in your cuppa?

The Ecologist

13th April, 2011

The British cuppa is an institution. But how many of us have actually wondered what goes into our favourite drink, or where the principal ingredients come from? The Ecologist investigates more...
Take action to green your cuppa!

TAKE ACTION: Campaigns to green your cuppa

Matilda Lee

13th April, 2011

As part of the Ecologist's special investigation into the hidden costs of tea, milk and sugar, here's how to get involved in cleaning up your cuppa more...

Behind the Label: tomato ketchup

Pat Thomas

23rd November, 2010

It's the condiment of choice for a million fast-food outlets and a staple sauce in homes around the world, but there's more to tomato ketchup than meets the eye, says Pat Thomas more...
Trans fat

Ban 'toxic' trans fats and junk food adverts says NHS watchdog

Ecologist

23rd June, 2010

More than 40,000 premature deaths could be prevented with healthier food rules including a ban on takeaways near schools and reduced salt and fat levels in processed foods more...
Roadside camp in Mato Grosso, Brazil

The human cost of 'super-clean' sugar ethanol

Ella Windsor

2nd March, 2010

Brazil is hailed as a biofuels success story - producing and using ethanol from high yielding crops within the country. But those indigenous families who have been displaced by sugar cane cultivation see things differently more...
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Will sugar be the oil of the 21st century?

Matilda Lee

1st December, 2009

You can turn it into everything from fuel to plastics. But will the surge in demand for sugar end up having a serious environmental impact? more...

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Can sugar fuel the planet?

Jim Thomas

8th February, 2009

The next big hit fuelwise will have corporations falling over each other to claim plant life, but the comedown could leave us in a sticky mess more...
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Behind the label: Red Bull & Nicorette patches

Pat Thomas

10th May, 2007

Trying to keep up with a fast-paced, 24/7 lifestyle *and* a smoking ban? Find that the old 'crack in a can' and a patch does the job? Think again... more...
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Behind the label: Red Bull

Pat Thomas

1st March, 2007

It has spawned a dozen urban legends. It gets praised and reviled by bloggers. And it tastes like carbonated cough syrup. But does Red Bull do you any good? Pat Thomas reports more...
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Humanity's worst invention: Agriculture

Clive Dennis

22nd September, 2006

By radically changing the way we acquire our food, the development of agriculture has condemned us to live worse than ever before. Not only that, agriculture has led to the first significant instances of large-scale war, inequality, poverty, crime, famine and human induced climate change and mass extinction.
By Clive W. Dennis (winner of the Ecologist/Coady International Institute 2006 Essay Competition)
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We Are All Addicts

Edward Goldsmith

1st September, 2006

A 1971 editorial from the ecologist founding editor Edward Goldsmith on how our society is becoming ever more addicted to gimmicks intended to ensure our survival in ever less favourable conditions more...
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Behind the label: Diet Coke

Pat Thomas

1st June, 2006

Far from being the healthy drink implied by its sports sponsorships, Diet Coke is a worrying cocktail of neurotoxic and potentially carcinogenic chemicals more...
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ASBOs vs Nutrition

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2006

Over 1,000 juvenile delinquents showed a 44 per cent drop in antisocial behaviour when put on a low sugar diet. So why is the government completely ignoring what we are feeding our children, and yet is happy to spend £2,500 on administering each ASBO? more...
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Boycott Coca-Cola

Max Keiser

1st February, 2005

Boycott Coca-Cola and make money for the victims of Coca-Cola. How much can we make?
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Killa Cola

Keith Hyams

1st April, 2004

I’m sitting opposite the large Coca-Cola bottling plant next to the village of Plachimada in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Plachimada is a farming village of about 800 families, many of them tribal. The ugly factory looks rather out of place in such a beautiful setting, the Western Ghats mountains clearly visible in the distance. more...
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Advertising to children

Debate

1st April, 2004

With childhood obesity becoming epidemic in the UK, should food advertising to children be allowed to continue?

FOR: Jeremy Preston vs. Neville Rigby AGAINST
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Dispelling myths about sugars and health by the sweet food industries

Jack Winkler

1st November, 2003

Action and Information on Sugars (AIS) was created by public health dentists and dietitians in the mid-1980s to dispel the myths about sugars and health propagated by the sweet foods industries. One of our greatest successes was a campaign to stop GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) claiming that its Ribena ToothKind drink ‘did not encourage tooth decay’. The claim was endorsed by the British Dental Association (BDA). more...
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The story behind sugar

William Duffy

1st November, 2003

‘Refined'. Of a higher quality. The result of conscious improvement. Not so with sugar. Refined sugar has been depleted of its vitamins and minerals. What is left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. more...

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