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GM trees in US

Claire Robinson

1st November, 2007

The US government has given he go-ahead for a test plot of genetically modified (GM) eucalyptus trees in Alabama. For the first time, these trees will be allowed to flower and set seed, opening the door to potential widespread contamination of the American South. more...
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Biotech lobbies against environmental protection laws

News

26th September, 2007

The GM industry is lobbying against EU directive which would make polluters pay for damage caused to biodiversity and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, a leading protester has revealed. more...
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GM set to make comeback

News

18th September, 2007

The impact of climate change on world food production will make the public more accepting of genetic modification, the industry believes. more...
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Indonesia to go GM

News

20th July, 2007

In the face of food shortages, Indonesia is preparing to turn towards GM crops to feed its 220 million people. more...
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GM now organic

News

13th June, 2007

Organic food can now contain almost 1 per cent genetically modified content, thanks to a new ruling by the EU. more...
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Government committee wants to see more GM crops

News

4th May, 2007

A government committee has suggested that ministers and policy makers look more favourably upon genetically modified (GM) crops if they can be shown to have an environmental benefit. more...
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5 mens products you should steer clear of

Pat Thomas

26th April, 2007

Metrosexual man cares about his appearance. He uses body sprays, hair gel, and fragrances. He maybe even eats salads. Does he give any thought as to what social norms have forced onto his skin? more...
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5 beauty products you should avoid

Pat Thomas

19th April, 2007

Beauty products. Few items are sold to us with more reassurances that they will be good for our health, appearance and well-being. Few items are so drastically misnamed. In this collection of 'Behind the Label' articles, we select five beauty products that shouldn't feature on your bathroom shelf... more...
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GM mosquito tipped to fight malaria

News

20th March, 2007

A genetically modified mosquito is being hailed as the route to tackling malaria, a disease which kills more than one million people every year. more...
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Report shows organic better than GM

News

15th March, 2007

A report released by Friends of the Earth yesterday shows that ‘environment-friendly’ farming - including organics - creates more jobs, uses fewer resources and is more profitable than farming using genetically modified (GM) crops. more...
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Biofuels Report: Introduction

Pat Thomas

1st March, 2007

In his final State of the Union address, George Bush announced his support for the adoption of biofuels on a massive scale. But is the plan such a good idea? By Pat Thomas more...
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Ecologist Special Report: Biofuels

Ecologist

1st March, 2007

The world fervour for biofuels continues to grow at an alarming pace. In this comprehensive special report, the Ecologist examines the facts, fictions and fabrications behind this ballooning industry. The results are worrying... more...

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Dolly's long goodbye

Jonathan Matthews

15th February, 2007

Four years since the death of Dolly the cloned sheep, her legacy very much lives on... more...
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Sense about Science?

Zac Goldsmith

18th January, 2007

When a group calling itself Sense About Science launched its 'Science for celebrities' pamphlet in the national media last month, it was supposed to look like the long-overdue backlash of a normally passive science community to years of misinformation from ill-informed celebrities. more...
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GM Potatoes – Facts and Fictions

Andy Rees

22nd September, 2006

In August 2006, German chemicals company BASF applied to start GM potato field trials
in Cambridge and Derbyshire as early as next spring. The GM industry is making many
claims about this product, but are these based on the truth? Andy Rees investigates
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Behind the Label: Garnier's Ambre Solaire Gloss Bronzer

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2006

If you’re one of the millions of people using fake tan to look attractive and healthy, be wary: they are full of chemicals that can cause damage to your skin. By Pat Thomas more...
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Dead Babies

Jeffrey Smith

1st December, 2005

A simple experiment by a Russian scientist to see if eating GM soya influenced the offspring of mice, could threaten the multi-billion dollar GM industry. more...
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Kept in the Dark

Jeffery Smith

2nd November, 2005

The days of Apartheid are over, but once again South Africa is the victim of a dangerous experiment. Jeffery Smith raises the alarm over the government's legislation of genetically modified maize more...
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The Dawn of the domestic superbug

Pat Thomas

1st July, 2005

The huge popularity of antibacterial household cleaners is encouraging superbugs,
allergies, immune-system failure and dangerous environmental pollution. It’s time to
stop cleaning ourselves to death.
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Behind the label: Radox Herbal Bath with Juniper

Pat Thomas

25th April, 2005

Overrun with shower gels that claim to firm and tone, cream baths that turn back the clock and body scrubs that detox and purify, the shelves of the average supermarket and pharmacy could be mistaken for those of a specialist spa or beauty parlour. Modern marketing contrives to make us believe that taking a bath or shower is an ‘experience’ rather than a personal hygiene fundamental, and that bath-time products are indulgent treats with emotional benefits. More often than not we believe it.
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I’m the Reverend Billy

Billy Talen

1st March, 2005

We interrupt our regular programming for a moral advisory…
‘Endangerment of life is ignored when it is real, but sold in bulk when it’s a good enough apocalypse for a movie’
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Reverend Billy

Bill Talen

1st December, 2004

from the pulpit
We interrupt our regular programming for a moral advisory…
I'm the Reverend Billy.
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Imagine…food without pesticides …seeds without patents …a future without Monsanto

John Hepburn

1st September, 2004

Monsanto’s global website says: ‘Imagine innovative agriculture that creates "incredible" things today.’ Actually, I think most of us are more interested in ‘credible’ things when it comes to agriculture. Like food that people can trust is safe. And crops that meet the needs of the farmers that grow them. The Monsanto slogan used to be ‘food, health, hope’. As if this wasn’t absurd enough, it has now been changed to ‘Imagine™’. John Lennon must be turning in his grave. more...
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Percy Schmeiser: the man that took on Monsanto

Edward Goldsmith.

1st May, 2004

For 40 years Percy Schmeiser grew oilseed rape on his farm in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Usually, he would sow each year’s crop with seeds saved from the previous harvest. In 1998 Monsanto took Schmeiser to court. more...
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Some GM questions answered

The Ecologist

1st July, 2003

Why are GM crops being grown, how are plants genetically modified, where is it being cultivated, who’s in control and what is being researched and developed? more...

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