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How to campaign for better food

Zofia Walczak & Matilda Lee

29th June, 2010

Concerned about the state of your food? Here are some ways to tackle the problem at root - from community gardens to animal welfare more...
Coffee bean

CASE STUDY: Growing coffee more sustainably in Costa Rica

Theodora Tsentas

6th April, 2010

It's not organic but ‘pro-environmental sustainable' farming practices could help coffee farmers move away from damaging industrial monoculture more...
Farmer spraying crops with pesticides

Farm pesticides linked to skin cancer

Ecologist

7th April, 2010

Large-scale study highlights agricultural chemicals as a possible risk factor behind rising rates of melanoma in the US more...
Wireworm damage to potato

Crop scientists discover fungi alternative to pesticides

Ecologist

3rd March, 2010

Study identifies naturally occurring alternatives for controlling wireworm, a widespread potato pest in the UK more...

The Ecologist March 1980: The enviromental cost of pesticides

Edward Goldsmith

March 1980

Thirty years ago this month, the Ecologist dedicated an edition to exposing the effects of pesticides on our health and the environment more...
Pesticide being poured

Cancer and pesticides: victims fight for justice

Diana Smith

4th February, 2010

After long battles, three farmers in France have won legal claims that their cases of cancer and Parkinson's disease were caused by working with pesticides. Now they want to help others fight similar cases more...
Pesticide being poured

Contractors using dangerous pesticides in UK schools

Ecologist

14th January, 2010

Survey finds that school children are being exposed to harmful pesticides, but schools claim safer alternatives would be 'uneconomic' more...
Georgina Downs

Georgina Downs takes pesticide case to European courts

Ecologist

9th January, 2010

UK court refuses to overturn appeal decision despite accusations it was ignoring evidence presented by the long-time pesticide campaigner more...
Honey bees

Loss of forage biggest long-term threat to bees

Ecologist

8th January, 2010

Intensification of farming and subsequent decline in food sources rather than pesticides or disease seen as biggest threat to honey bees more...

Food crisis 'hidden' from public say campaigners

Ecologist

6th January, 2010

Government is talking about issues like food security, climate change and oil dependency but failing to take the 'inconvenient' but necessary action says the Soil Association more...
Pierre Mineau

Pierre Mineau: let's get rid of the pesticides that are killing birds

Laura Sevier

17th December, 2009

Canadian scientist Dr Pierre Mineau talks about the ongoing struggle to protect birds from pesticides that 'don't belong in this millennium' more...
Farmer spraying crops with pesticides

GM crops causing a rise in pesticide use in US

Ecologist

17th November, 2009

Early falls in pesticide use on GM crops in the United States have been replaced by rapid increases according to study more...

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a woman's head rests amongst green grass

10 groups campaigning for a healthier environment

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

How can we be healthy on a sick planet? Especially when many still believe that health is unaffected by what is in the environment. These organisations could save your life more...
Help protect our honeybees

Help protect our honeybees

Laura Sevier

13th July, 2009

Neonicotinoid pesticides are killing our honeybees. Sign the Soil Association petition to help get it banned. Then take part in Twitter's 'Tweehive' - starting on 14th July more...
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CASE STUDY: campaigning against pesticides

Jonathan Leake

1st April, 2006

Jonathan Leake meets Georgina Downs, the one-woman whirlwind who’s holding the pesticide industry and politicians to account more...
Red wine

Behind the Label: better booze

Pat Thomas

16th November, 2009

If you don't know what's gone into making your drink, stick to organic beer and wine this Christmas, says Pat Thomas more...
Good Natured Fruit

Good Natured Fruit 'pesticide-free' claims in doubt

Tom Levitt

21st September, 2009

Multi-million pound brand Good Natured Fruit is marketed in Asda and Sainsbury's as 'pesticide free', but the company now admits it allows chemicals to be used during plants' life-cycle more...
A short-haired bumblebee

Renewed call for pesticide ban to protect bees

Ecologist

14th September, 2009

Previous calls to ban neonicotinoids have been turned down by the UK government because of lack of evidence more...
Soil erosion is being blamed on poor farming practices

Half India’s land degraded: agro-chemicals partly to blame

Ecologist

17th August, 2009

Deforestation, wind erosion and poor farming practices blamed for deterioration of soil as the real costs of the Green Revolution are measured more...
Pesticides

Forty-seven years since Silent Spring: what has changed?

David Ord

11th August, 2009

In 1962, Rachel Carson's famous exposé of the environmental impacts of the pesticide DDT rocked the chemical industry. Today, Carson's European legacy - the REACH legislation - ought to safeguard public health. But will it? more...
Carrots

Organic food report admits to lack of evidence

Ecologist

29th July, 2009

FSA review dismisses health benefits of eating organic but admits to a lack of research on which to base findings more...
Spraying pesticides by tractor

'Whitewash' at court of appeal for pesticides campaigner

Ecologist

9th July, 2009

Pesticides campaigner Georgina Downs has seen her high court victory against the Government overturned by a court of appeal, but vows to take her campaign to the House of Lords more...
Ecologist Archive

Fire resistant: 'Why I went to jail to protect my daughter from toxic polluters'

Terri Swearingen

1st December, 2004

How far would you go to fight plans for a new waste incinerator? One woman went all the way... more...
Maintaining Vineyard fields

Monty Waldin on biodynamic wine

Monty Waldin

1st March, 2009

Unsustainable and bad for the environment, industrial viticulture leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Pesticide-free and weed-friendly, biodynamic wine holds the key to an organic revolution. more...
In the News

Pesticide link to bee deaths

Ecologist

1st February, 2009

A former Washington scientific adviser has called for a worldwide ban on neonicotinoid pesticides that have been implicated in the decline of the honeybee population. more...

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