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Cattle ranching

Wildlife in the firing line in global war against bovine TB

18th June, 2013

Sarah Stirk

Where there are cattle, there is the threat of bovine Tuberculosis (TB). The farming methods may differ greatly, but from the dairy farms of Ethiopia to the beef herds of Canada the race is on to find the best way to tackle the disease more...

Badger cull a PR disaster for UK countryside, warn 'dissident' farmers

18th June, 2013

Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk

A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farming for the spread of TB in the UK cattle herd. Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk report more...

Modern British Vegetarian Cooking - Who Needs Meat?

by Susan Clark

It's the UK's National Vegetarian Week but what's on the veggie menu at your local bar, pub or bistro? If it's mushroom risotto - again - have a word with the chef because there's no excuse for those second-rate meals that should have been left behind in the 1970s. Susan Clark goes in search of Fine Dining for non-meat eaters more...
Tuna catch

Are captive tuna farms a viable alternative to overfishing?

Tom Edathikunnel

22nd August, 2012

The Kindai tuna, bred by scientists at Kinki University, may lead the way for future large-scale tuna farms. Tom Edathikunnel investigates whether the idea really is preferable to overfishing more...
clams

Revealed: the illegal shellfish trade that's putting consumer health at risk

Andrew Wasley

30th May, 2012

The illicit supply of clams, cockles and oysters could spark a serious outbreak of food poisoning from E.coli, novovirus or salmonella. But gangmasters are cashing in on the lucrative trade. Andrew Wasley reports more...
Garden Organic's 'I don't dig peat' campaign

Ireland's 'Grow it Yourself' self-help food growing community coming to the UK

Rebecca Campbell

16th May, 2012

Grow It Yourself is a popular community organisation with a vision of bringing people together in a sustainable and healthier way through organic food growing. Now it has plans to launch further afield in the UK more...
Soya: how one super crop lost its way

The dark side of soya: how one super crop lost its way

Amy Hall

1st May, 2012

A decade ago, soya was being hailed as a superfood but in recent years, numerous issues surrounding deforestation and its impact on health have come to light more...
Sheep dip victim David Layton

Ghosts of farming: Britain's forgotten sheep farmers poisoned by pesticides

Tom Levitt

28th March, 2012



Government orders to use dangerous organophosphate chemicals left hundreds of sheep farmers with debilitating ill health, Tom Levitt reports on the UK's forgotten pesticide tragedy

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Pesticide spraying

UK fights EU attempts to bring in stricter rules on pesticide and crop spraying

Alistair Driver

28th March, 2012

UK opposition to restricting the use of pesticides in the 1990s and 00s has at times even seen the intervention of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown to lobby the case for the farming industry more...
An obesogenic diet

US-style 'obesogenic' diet being exported to poor countries, says UN expert

Tom Levitt

14th March, 2012

The West is exporting diabetes and heart disease to poor countries, along with the processed foods that line the shelves of global supermarkets warns UN advisor Olivier De Schutter more...
Antioxidants: the natural way to beat ageing

Antioxidants: the natural way to tackle ageing

Matilda Lee

22nd February, 2012

If the roll call of scary ingredients has put you off conventional creams then antioxidants could be the alternative you’re looking for
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How Dow and Monsanto teamed up over 'Agent Orange' herbicide

Richard Schiffman

24th February, 2012

In a match some would say was made in hell, two of the world's leading producers of agro-chemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the herbicide 2, 4-D, - one-half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange more...

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Bacteria

Salmonella study accused of 'exaggeration' in new battle over factory farm antibiotic use

Tom Levitt

31st January, 2012

Debate over role of farm animals in spreading of superbugs intensifies, as scientific study downplaying fears is accused of serious flaws. Tom Levitt reports 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...
In season now: what to eat during January

In season now: what to eat during January

Ben Hudson

9th January, 2012

Love British Food’s Alexia Robinson talks seasonal eats, New Year’s resolutions and a gastronomic alternative to the Olympics more...

Revealed: the child victims of pesticide poisoning in India

Peter Caton and Beatriz Lopez

4th January, 2012

Endosulfan is the pesticide of choice for farmers in rural India trying to control insects threatening cashew nut and other crops - but the chemical can have devastating health impacts more...
Man tipping vegetables into container. Consumers & supermarkets need to tackle food waste

Supermarket food waste to power renewable energy instead of tackling food poverty

Matilda Lee

23rd December, 2011

Food aid charities argue supermarket food waste could help prevent hunger in vulnerable people. Yet supermarkets' anaerobic digestion plans may eclipse food redistribution says Matilda Lee more...
A salmon

Warning as infectious salmon disease spreads from Europe's fish farms to Canada

Anna Taylor

15th December, 2011

Discovery of the deadly salmon virus Infectious Salmon Anaemia in Canada is just latest likely example of disease spreading to wild fish stocks from the world's mega fish farms more...

Ecologist Film Unit

Investigative films on key environmental and climate change issues from the Ecologist Film Unit more...
Pigs on a farm

Sick As A pig – the menace of MRSA linked to industrial pig farming

Another strain of MRSA is emerging from the factory farms of Northern Europe, and it is linked to the insatiable demand for cheap meat on our plates. The Ecologist Film Unit investigates more...
A salmon

The Greed of Feed – the hidden cost of your cheap farmed salmon

1st December, 2008

Andrew Wasley & Jim Wickens

A major investigation by the Ecologist reveals a host of unreported environmental and social costs linked to the fishmeal production industry in Peru more...
pesticide defects

Chemical warfare: the horrific birth defects linked to tomato pesticides

Barry Estabrook

1st September, 2011

The 'Immokalee babies' were born with severe deformities after their mothers were each exposed to pesticides whilst harvesting tomatoes. Barry Estabrook reports on the case that shocked the US more...
Imports of processed cheese and french fries have soared

Why 'long-life' sandwiches could be bad for health and the environment

Sarah Lewis-Hammond

4th August, 2011

Processed food is becoming a national favourite but canned sandwiches, cheese that stays fresh for years and ready meals high in salt, sugar and fat come with a worrying health and ecological footprint, reports Sarah Lewis-Hammond

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hospital bed

The reason why this deadly E coli makes doctors shudder

Maryn McKenna

6th June, 2011

It is past time for health authorities to curb the antibiotic misuse that created the resistance of this aberrant E. coli strain
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Cows feeding

'Routine antibiotic use' linked to new MRSA strain found in UK dairy cows

Tom Levitt

3rd June, 2011

Fresh concerns over the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections from farm animals to humans have been raised after scientists find new strain of potentially deadly superbug in dairy cows more...

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