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Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines screenshot. Photo: Insomnia Cured Here via Flickr.com.

Terminator technology - what's the fuss about?

Mark Lynas and Lúcia de Souza

27th November 2013

Campaigners against GM foods have long reviled 'terminator technology' - GM plants whose seeds are engineered never to grow. But are fears of the so-called 'suicide seeds' misplaced? more...
Sailors decontaminate the flight deck aboard USS Ronald Reagan, March 23 2011. Official U.S. Navy Page / Kevin B. Gray via Flickr.com.

Fukushima's cancer epidemic: the reality revealed

John Ward

25th December 2013

USS Reagan & Fukushima cancer levels are miles above comparative levels, according to John Ward. Slowly, the world is waking up to the realities of Japan's nuclear catastrophe: this disaster is real. more...
The Baker Shot of Operation Crossroads, Bikini Atoll 25 July 1946. Wikimedia Commons.

Atom bomb veterans deserve justice!

Neil Kinnock

19th December 2013

Britain sent 22,000 soldiers to witness a total of 21 nuclear bomb tests in the Pacific between 1952 and 1958. Since then they and their descendants have suffered from severe health problems. Neil Kinnock believes the nuclear veterans deserve recognition and justice. more...
Spraying pesticides - somewhere near you? Photo: Meg Wallace Photography / Shutterstock.

Pesticides - the Government must protect us!

Georgina Downs

17th December 2013

Campaigner Georgina Downs has scored a significant victory in her 12 year battle against the UK Government. But DEFRA Ministers have still failed to secure protection from pesticides for people in the countryside. more...
Image: Lightspring / Shutterstock.com.

Alzheimer's - the answers lie in diet and lifestyle

Oliver Tickell

13th December 2013

Alzheimer's disease is on the rise. Some 44 million people worldwide are estimated to have the disease today, at a cost of over $600 billion. By 2050 the number is expected to treble. But could diet and lifestyle changes reduce its incidence? more...
Laboratory rats. Photo: niderlander / Shutterstock.com.

Scientific journal retracts study exposing GM cancer risk

F. William Engdahl

5th December 2013

The Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology appears to have violated scientific standards by withdrawing a study which found that rats fed on a Monsanto GM corn were more likely to develop cancer than controls. William Engdahl investigates. more...
deformed pig

Deformities, sickness & livestock deaths: the real cost of glyphosate & GM animal feed?

Andrew Wasley

28th November 2013

Much of our meat and dairy produce is made from animals raised on GM feeds. Alarming new claims suggest that the GM diet is affecting animal health - prompting fears over human safety. Andrew Wasley reports ... more...
Baby feet. Photo:  Denis Vrublevski / Shutterstock.com.

Fukushima fallout damaged thyroid glands of California babies

Chris Busby

19th November 2013

A new study finds that radioactive Iodine from Fukushima has caused a significant increase in hypothyroidism among babies in California, 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. more...

Our daily bread

Hazel Sillver

Do a 2-week gluten fast and you may just see your energy levels double...... more...

How an electric bike improved my fitness

Susan Clark

After a month together, Susan Clark and her borrowed electric bike part company but is she hooked and will she spend £1,000 plus to make their relationship a permanent one?
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Forest Holidays: Happiness (Proven) Amongst The Trees

Susan Clark

If you go down to the woods today (and stay at least until tomorrow) you're sure to come home feeling a whole lot better says Susan Clark, who recommends holing up in one of the UK's Forest Holidays' log cabins for a day or two ... more...

Nature Engagement & Cycling

by Susan Clark

In week three of e-biking to work, a chance encounter with a fox leaves Susan Clark asking why we don't do more to stop habitat loss and protect our wildlife more...

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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...

Why are we ignoring the role of livestock in antibiotic resistance?

June 13th, 2013

by Pat Thomas

Antimicrobial resistance is a ticking time-bomb not only for the UK but also for the world, warns the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies more...

Park Fit

by Hazel Sillver

6 ways to get fit in the park this summer and help the environment at the same time....
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A Test of Character

Robin Lee enjoys the delights of biodynamic wine..... more...

Electric Bikes - A New Generation

by Susan Clark

With the World Electric Bike Championship looming at the end of the month, Ecologist Managing Editor Susan Clark is spending June getting to grips with two wheels, plus the bonus of a handy throttle for those long Devon hills. It's been some time since she got on any kind of bike - here's how she is getting on ....
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Eat it or Lose it: promoting and preserving real British food

by Cat Gazzoli

As Slow Food Week gets underway Slow Food UK tells the Ecologist why they are attempting to protect Britains edible Biodiversity and the artisan producers behind it..... more...

Is There Grass In That Milk?

May 24th, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

Free-Range Dairy is a new initiative that could reverse the trend towards industrialised mega-farms.
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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...

Sustainable energy a necessity for basic healthcare in the developing world

by Andrew Heath

One billion people in the developing world are deprived of access to effective healthcare due to a lack of access to energy, reports Andrew Heath of Practical Action.... more...

Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin Most Indoor Workers Are Lacking

by Oliver Gillie

Human beings in high-income countries are leading increasingly artificial lives divorced from the natural environment and without the important health benefits of sunshine. The result is chronic ill health of many kinds, warns Oliver Gillie more...
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UK supermarkets renege on anti-GM stance

May 14th, 2013

by Jamie Doward

As three more supermarkets drop their bans, the industry is accused of caving in to cartels and GM food giants more...

Science proves what we all know: Nature is Good for your Health!

by Richard J Dolesh

Richard Dolesh reports on a recently published study, the findings of which support what most of us know intuitively - that nature is good for us. more...

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