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Along the tide-swept crest of a low limestone ledge larger filter-feeding organisms flourish. Lyme Bay Reefs, Southwest England. Colin Munro Photography.

Taking the 'conservation' out of Marine Conservation Zones

Horatio Morpurgo

10th December 2013

The UK Government has recently expanded its network of marine protected areas. But as Horatio Morpurgo discovers, the focus on protecting only specific 'features' from intensive fishing is leaving entire ecosystems at risk. more...
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Migrant workers face 'severe exploitation' in Italy's farm sector

Andrew Wasley, investigations editor

4th January, 2013

Amnesty International report calls for urgent action to tackle 'widespread' abuse of migrants in the food sector. This follows two Ecologist investigations into 'slave labour' connected to the Italian tomato and orange harvests. Andrew Wasley reports
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Blood harvest: Coca Cola challenged over orange trade linked to 'exploitation and squalor'

Andrew Wasley

24th February, 2012

The manufacturer of Fanta is being urged to help address the poor conditions and low wages endured by some African migrant workers harvesting oranges in southern Italy. Andrew Wasley reports from Rosarno more...
Mangoes

Fancy a mango? Think twice...

Gervase Poulden

18th July, 2012

From Peru, where the majority of winter mangoes on sale in Europe have been imported from, journalist Gervase Poulden reports on the poor working conditions of mango workers more...
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TAKE ACTION to stop supermarkets abusing their buyer power!

Ecologist

30th May, 2012

If you have bought bananas or pineapples in a supermarket recently did you know that many of the workers that plant, pack and grow them live in poverty? more...
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Where does your salad come from?

Andrew Wasley

30th May, 2012

As a Joseph Rowntree Foundation study concludes that migrant workers in the food sector continue to suffer appalling exploitation, perhaps a UK version of the pioneering 'Food Justice' certification scheme should be considered, says Andrew Wasley more...
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Curbing supermarkets' power: will the Groceries Code Adjudicator have the teeth to bite?

Murray Worthy

16th May, 2012

Tackling the unfair buying practices of the big supermarkets is a vital step forward for securing the rights of over a million workers. From fruit to textiles to cut flowers, abuses in the supply chain are rife. Now we must guard against lobbying from the retail giants, says Murray Worthy more...
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Should Coca Cola be allowed to sponsor the London Olympics?

Andrew Wasley

10th May, 2012

Following the row over Dow, BP, and Rio Tinto sponsoring the forthcoming games, another Olympic partner, Coca Cola - linked to a controversial orange harvest in Italy - should now face scrutiny says Andrew Wasley more...
patchwork quilt

How to… make your own patchwork quilt

Rebecca Campbell

23rd March, 2012

Pretty, practical and the perfect way to make the most of old clothes, patchwork quilts are the coolest way to give your home a shot of upcycled style
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Coca Cola responds to orange harvest 'exploitation' controversy

Gianluca Martelliano & Andrew Wasley

28th February, 2012

The soft drinks giant is looking at extending its supply chain audits and facilitating talks on ensuring better standards after Ecologist investigation uncovers squalid conditions and low pay for some migrant workers in Calabria. Gianluca Martelliano & Andrew Wasley report more...
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Coca Cola challenged over orange harvest linked to 'exploitation and squalor'

Andrew Wasley

24th February, 2012

The manufacturer of Fanta is being urged to help address the poor conditions and low wages endured by some African migrant workers harvesting oranges in southern Italy. Andrew Wasley reports from Rosarno more...
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United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN)

UKWIN represents more than 85 anti-incineration groups in the UK and advocates more sustainable approaches to waste management. Compared to incineration, recycling and re-use are cheaper, more flexible and better for both the environment and the economy.
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War on Want

TAKE ACTION to demand a strong supermarket watchdog

Ecologist

12th October, 2011

Join War on Want's campaign for a independent supermarket watchdog to help stop supplier bullying more...

Tainted tomatoes: who's to blame for the 'slavery' blighting our food?

Andrew Wasley

10th October, 2011

An essential in pasta sauces, soups, stews and pizza toppings tinned tomatoes are one of our most popular foods. But many arrive as a result of slave like conditions endured by thousands of migrant workers in Italy. Who should we blame? By Andrew Wasley more...
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Bitter harvest: how exploitation and abuse stalks migrant workers on UK farms

Andrew Wasley

10th October, 2011

Migrant workers are vital for meeting the UK's demand for year-round fruit and vegetables. But despite improvements since the Morecambe Bay tragedy, allegations of poor conditions and abuse in the horticulture sector persist. Andrew Wasley reports more...
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Inside the salad 'mega-farm' supplying the UK's appetite for lettuce

Andrew Wasley

10th October, 2011

In contrast to the squalid conditions faced by many migrant farm workers, employees of salad producer G's Marketing live in specially-built hostels with a social centre, sports pitches and a bar. Is this the future of industrial horticulture? Andrew Wasley reports more...
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The Harvest: new film reveals scourge of child labour in US farming

Rosie Spinks

1st September, 2011

Despite campaigning to reduce child labour internationally, the US is home to at least 230,000 child labourers toiling in the fields to pick blueberries, tomatoes or cotton more...
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Scandal of the 'tomato slaves' harvesting crop exported to UK

Andrew Wasley

1st September, 2011

Across Italy an invisible army of migrant workers harvests tomatoes destined for our dinner plates. Paid poverty wages and living in squalor, medical charities have described conditions as 'hell'. Andrew Wasley reports from Basilicata, southern Italy more...
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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...
OUTDOOR FITNESS

Ten of the best...ways to boost your fitness outside

George Blacksell

12th August, 2011

From Nordic walking to tai chi, George Blacksell rounds up ten great ways to take your workout into the great outdoors more...
International No Tar Sands Network

TAKE ACTION to stop Canadian tar sands

Matilda Lee

15th June, 2011

A day of action is planned this Saturday to highlight the destructive impact of Canada's tar sands industry. In London, this includes a demo-fest at the Canadian High Commission more...

TAKE ACTION to ban 'killer jeans'

Matilda Lee

25th May, 2011

Join Labour Behind the Label in a week of action from 30th May to 5th June to lobby brands to ban the technique of sandblasting denim more...
Nick Mole, Pesticide Action Network

CAMPAIGN HERO: Nick Mole, Pesticide Action Network

Matilda Lee

15th April, 2011

The Pesticide Action Network campaigner on why and how the government should urgently implement EU legislation on pesticides to protect human health and the environment more...
Spraying pesticides

Pesticide lobby resists moves to sanction 'deadly' paraquat substance

Keith Tyrell

April 7th, 2011

Experts want the weedkiller paraquat - poison of choice in many suicide attempts - to be added to a 'watch list' of dangerous substances. Why then is Syngenta fighting the proposals asks Keith Tyrell? more...
Shlomo Dowen, UK Without Incineration Network

CAMPAIGN HERO: Shlomo Dowen, UK Without Incineration Network

Matilda Lee

5th April, 2011

The head of the UK's grassroots anti-incineration network on working towards a zero waste economy, encouraging community engagement and avoiding 'defeatist' language more...

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