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TAKE ACTION to stop supermarkets abusing their buyer power!

Ecologist

30th May, 2012

Top Banana 2 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...

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

Rebecca Campbell

16th May, 2012

Garden Organic's 'I don't dig peat' campaign 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...

Paraguay's small farmers defend livelihoods against industrial soya production

Grace Philip

8th May, 2012

Raising Resistance A new film, Raising Resistance, gives a telling account of how Paraguay's small farmers are suffering social and environmental ills from the country's meteoric rise in soya farming more...

Meat matters: London restaurants gear up for ‘nose-to-tail' fortnight

Mark Briggs

1st May, 2012

Nose to tail fortnight Chefs aim to prevent good food going to waste by serving up offal and other rare meat cuts during the 'nose to tail' fortnight organised by Sustain more...

10 ways to save money on food without compromising your principles

Joanna Blythman

3rd April, 2012

is vegetarianism the way forward? In an extract from her new book What to Eat, investigative journalist Joanna Blythman offers top tips on how to make your food pound go further without scrimping on what you believe in more...

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...

Shrimp: luxury food with a hidden environmental price tag

Ecologist

17th February, 2012

Mangroves Our love affair with shrimp has fuelled the destruction of the 'rainforests of the sea' - mangroves - whose biodiversity and carbon-storing capacities are much undervalued. The author of 'Let Them Eat Shrimp', Kennedy Warne, talks through his alarming findings more...

TAKE ACTION: Just Label It - Americans demand GM food labelling

Priyanka Mogul

31st January, 2012

Just Label It campaign Join the growing chorus of individuals and organisations demanding the right to know what's in their food... all GM foods should be labelled, say Just Label It campaigners more...

Greeks reclaim the land to ease the pain of economic austerity

Beatrice Yannacopoulou

10th January, 2012

plant and soil A group of community-minded gardeners have turned a former Athens airport into a blooming vegetable plot, showing how Greece's eroded soil holds the keys to a revival in farming and a way to buck the jobless trend more...

How global finance fuels a secretive and unethical land grab in Africa

Henk Hobbelink

9th December, 2011

GRAIN Global banks, investment houses and pension funds are gobbling up farmland in poor countries for food and biofuels production. GRAIN, winners of the 2011 Right Livelihood Award, says this secretive and unjust practice needs to stop more...

The only way is Essex: the community breathing new life into a disused country estate

Laura Sevier

11th November, 2011

Community garden in Essex In Romford, Essex, villagers are getting their hands dirty transforming a historic walled garden at Bedfords Park more...

Viral storm: why factory farming is bad for your health

Matilda Lee

28th October, 2011

Contagion As the new 'outbreak' film Contagion, starring Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow is released, The Ecologist reports on the book linking the threat of global disease pandemics and industrial animal farming

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TAKE ACTION to demand a strong supermarket watchdog

Ecologist

12th October, 2011

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

Toxic fallout as activists challenge strawberry industry's pesticide use

Rosie Spinks

10th October, 2011

Pesticides_skull Faced with the potential use of a dangerous pesticide methyl iodide to spray crops in their backyards, a group of Californian teenagers decided to stand up to the might of industrial agribusiness. Rosie Spinks reports more...

Neal's Yard Remedies: organic skincare to feed the soul

Laura Sevier

14th September, 2011

Neal's Yard Remedies Neal's Yard Remedies is a cut above other skincare companies in its commitment to natural ingredients. Laura Sevier speaks to owner Peter Kindersley about the brand's deep ecology more...

TAKE ACTION to stop bankers betting on food

Hannah Corr

13th September, 2011

Barclays Bank With food prices in the developing world rising, is hunger the price to pay for Barclays speculating on food markets? more...

The Harvest: new film reveals scourge of child labour in US farming

Rosie Spinks

1st September, 2011

The_Harvest_Documentary2 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...

How a community farm for London could end 'madness of flying and shipping in food'

Sarah Bentley

1st August, 2011

Community farm in Surrey More than £800,000 has been raised towards the cost of setting up a unique farm - complete with green houses, polytunnels, irrigation system, woodland, orchards and a shop - that could help meet the capitals' future food needs more...

Supermarket rooftop gardens: an exercise in community building?

Eifion Rees

26th July, 2011

Supermarket rooftop garden Eifion Rees reports on the group bringing the heart back to supermarkets with a rooftop vegetable garden more...

CAMPAIGN HERO: Lindsay Boswell of community food network FareShare

Matilda Lee

21st June, 2011

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare Inspiring businesses to reuse food that would have otherwise be sent to landfill, the pioneering group FareShare collects and distributes it to homeless shelters: feeding the needy, saving CO2 and diverting waste from landfill more...

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