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Institutes from around the world are making deposits to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Crop Trust

26th May, 2016

From sheep food to chili peppers - the new seed stores being deposited this week at the Arctic Vault take the world a step closer to future food security say the participating organisations more...
A small settlement in Bangladesh's Sundarbans, which extends into India to make the world's greatest mangrove forest - a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Area that is home for both people and countless wildlife species. Photo: Marufish via Flickr (CC BY-S

Exim Bank of India - stop support for the Rampal Coal Power plant!

Johan Frijns / Banktrack

26th May 2016

The Rampal coal power plant in Bangladesh, near the world's greatest mangrove forest, is a deeply misconceived project that must be abandoned, writes Johan Frijns in this Open Letter to the Exim Bank of India - which is planning to finance its construction. It would severely damage the precious local environment and wildlife, while adding to global climate change and sea level rise. more...
Failed Bt Brinjal crop in Bangladesh, afflicted by the bacterial wilt to which the variety is highly prone, resulting in near total crop loss for many farmers in 2015. Photo: UBINIG.

BBC's GMO coverage 'fair and accurate'? You decide

Claire Robinson / GMWatch

14th April 2016

There's absolutely no evidence for BBC Panorama's claim of 90% success for Bt brinjal in Bangladesh, writes Claire Robinson. But that has not stopped the BBC Trust from dismissing all complaints against its monstrously dishonest report. Nor has it diminished the jubilation of GMO cheerleaders. more...
These red bananas are naturally red and high in beta carotene. So why the need to develop a patented GM banana that does the same job? Photo: Choo Yut Shing via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA).

Gates Foundation: stop 'biopirated' GMO banana feeding trials

Vanessa Amaral-Rogers

17th February 2016

The Gates Foundation has received a 57,000 strong petition denouncing its support for a 'biopirated' GM banana program in Africa, and calling on it to suspend a feeding trial on US students, writes Vanessa Amaral-Rogers. The banana threatens both the health of the students, say campaigners, and the future of African agriculture. more...
In 2014 many GM Bt brinjal plants either died out prematurely or fruited insignificantly compared to locally available varieties, bringing financial ruin to their cultivators. Photo: New Age (Bangladesh).

Bangladeshi farmers ditch GM brinjal

Farida Akhtar / GMWatch

5th February 2016

Cornell’s 'no pest' Bt brinjal project in Bangladesh appears to be going great with 200 farmers signed up, reports Farida Akhter. Only its not - hardly any of the farmers who grew the GM plants in previous years have come back for more after their crops wilted, failed to ripen, or were devastated by pests. more...
Tiger cub on the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Photo: Arindam Bhattacharya via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA).

Coal plant threatens world's largest mangrove forest - and Bangladesh's future

Mowdud Rahman & Greig Aitken

10th December 2015

As COP21 reaches its endgame, there are plans to build 2,440 coal-fired power plants around the world, write Mowdud Rahman & Greig Aitken. Their completion would send global temperatures, and sea levels, soaring. Yet Bangladesh, the world's most 'climate vulnerable' large country, has plans for a 1.3GW coal power plant on the fringes of its World Heritage coastal wetlands. more...
Floods in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2004. 17% of the country may be permanently inundated by rising seas by 2050, displacing 18 million people. Photo: dougsyme via Flickr (CC BY).

Earthquakes, superstorms ... and other little-known perils of climate change

Matthew Blackett / Coventry University

2nd November 2015

Climate change will impact the world in many ways, writes Matthew Blackett. Some of them may be good, like more rain in African drylands and coral atolls adapting to rising seas. But most of them - like coastal flooding, long term drought, earthquakes and stronger tropical storms - will be very challenging. We must increase the resilience of the most vulnerable countries without delay. more...
Munnaf's wife Lovely Begum, showing dead Bt brinjal plants. Photo: Faisal Rahman.

GMO propaganda over facts? BBC Panorama and Bt brinjal

Claire Robinson / GMWatch

30th July 2015

A BBC documentary claimed 90% success for a controversial GM crop in Bangladesh, Bt brinjal, writes Claire Robinson. But as journalist Faisal Rahman discovered, there's no evidence to support the claim, the BBC relied on biased sources, and its journalists failed to investigate reports of widespread crop failure. Was it all an exercise in pro-GMO propaganda? more...
What BBC / Panorama didn't want you to know: This year's GM Bt brinjal plants either died out prematurely or fruited insignificantly compared to the locally available varieties, bringing finacial ruin to their cultivators. Photo: New Age (Bangladesh).

Investigation or advocacy? The BBC reveals its pro-GMO bias

Lawrence Woodward & Pat Thomas

10th June 2015

The Panorama programme on GM foods and crops last Monday was a masterpiece of spin, bluster, misrepresentation and outright deceit, write Lawrence Woodward & Pat Thomas, with the BBC's top investigatory strand hijacked to force feed the UK population with the purest of pro-GMO propaganda. more...
A dead Irrawaddy dolphin floats on the Harintana-Tembulbunia channel of the Sela River on 6th January 2015. Photo: Syed Zakir Hossain for the Dhaka Tribune.

As rivers re-open to shipping, oil threat to Bangladesh's Sundarbans forest continues

ASMG Kibria

9th January 2015

Bangladesh's Sundarbans forest, home of incredibly rich biodiversity, is under unprecedented threat, writes ASMG Kibria. The recent oil tanker capsize on the Shela river puts the forest at risk of widespread biodiversity loss, but just this week, the authorities re-opened the Shela river to shipping with no restrictions on hazardous cargoes. more...
A field deployable hydrolysis system, designed to neutralize chemical weapons aboard the container ship MV Cape Ray, Jan. 2, 2014. Photo: US Department of Defense.

Syria's chemical weapons - lawbreakers rule supreme

Felicity Arbuthnot

13th March 2014

Syria's surrender of its chemical weapons last autumn raised the question - where to dispose of the toxic agents? Felicity Arbuthnot reports on a toxic tale of chaos, corruption, grand theft, and a growing strategic imbalance in the Middle East. more...
Torched Senger home. Photo: Justin Kenrick.

Kenya: police begin Forest People evictions

The Ecologist

23rd January 2014

The Kenyan government has begun to forcibly evict tens of thousands of Sengwer indigenous people from their ancestral forest lands and burn their homes, food stores and belongings to the ground. The World Bank wrings its hands. more...

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Sengwer, Marakwet and other inhabitants of the Embobut Forest being told to move by authorities. Photo: © Justin Kenrick / FPP.

Kenya - forest people facing violent eviction

Oliver Tickell

9th January 2014

The Kenyan government has sent troops to the Embobut forest to forcefully - and illegally - evict thousands of its indigenous inhabitants, to make way for a World Bank-financed 'Natural Resource Management Project'. more...
No to Bt-Brinjal, reads a banner at a protest in New Delhi. Photo: Joe Athialy via Flickr.com.

Bangladesh - farmers say no to GM vegetables

Mae-Wan Ho

3rd January 2014

Plans to introduce a controversial GM variety of brinjal (aubergine / eggplant) in Bangladesh are opposed by 100 civil society organisations around the world. As Mae Wan Ho reports, the issue is arousing powerful passions ... more...
Tata Mundra

World Bank's support of Tata Mundra coal plant condemned

Nicole Ghio

7th November 2013

The World Bank's President Dr Kim proclaims his human and green concerns. But at Tata Mundra in Gujarat, India, his support for a 4,000MW coal fired power plant is devastating poor communities and despoliating their environment. more...
An orang utan is rescued following deforestation for palm oil.

HSBC loans drive deforestation and push orangutans to the brink

Paul Newman

7th November 2013

High Street banking giant HSBC is bankrolling the destruction of rainforests essential for the survival of Bornean orangutans and other endangered species. more...

Save the Co-op Bank!

Oliver Tickell

1st November 2013

A campaign has been launched to force the UK's Co-operative Bank to retain its ethical and green principles - in the face of a hostile takeover by hedge funds and financial speculators. more...

Ecologist Partners: Triodos Bank

by Lisa Stanley

The UK is at a crossroads at which choices need to be made that will decide where our energy comes from in the future. Recent events are prompting an energy revolution, and many people are now more convinced than ever that a significant part of the UK’s future energy supply has to derive from our own renewable sources. more...

Ecologist Partners: Triodos Bank

by Lisa Stanley

The UK is at a crossroads at which choices need to be made that will decide where our energy comes from in the future. Recent events are prompting an energy revolution, and many people are now more convinced than ever that a significant part of the UK’s future energy supply has to derive from our own renewable sources. more...
Food Bank

The UK sees a huge rise in families turning to Food Banks

Paul Creeney

Earlier this week, the Trussel Trust reported the number of UK families using food banks has tripled in the last year and increased a staggering FIVE FOLD since the coalition came to power. Paul Creeney asks the big question ... more...
Top Banana 2

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...
Top Banana 2

Behind the label: how fair are organic and Fairtrade bananas?

Tom Levitt

28th May, 2012

The Dominican Republic's organic and Fairtrade boom has helped banana growers but what about the slum-dwelling Haitian migrant workers? Tom Levitt reports on the plight of the forgotten people in the banana trade 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...
How to... look after your orchard

The beginner's guide to growing your own fruit

Mark Briggs

14th May, 2012

Whether you live in the city or in the heart of rural England, planting your own fruit trees provides you with a free source of fruit and a boost for biodiversity more...
Get wise to water: how to use less in the garden

How to handle the hosepipe ban: everything you ever wanted to know

Michael Littlewood

20th April, 2012

Despite the spring downpours, a hosepipe ban is already in force thanks to drought. It’s time to rethink how we use water in the garden, says author Michael Littlewood more...

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