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Filling a bulk grain / seed transporter at Openfield's Portbury Grain Terminal. Photo: Openfield.co.uk.

UK farmers winning GMO-free export market

Oliver Tickell

7th February 2014

A shortage of GM-free oilseed rape among Baltic exporters has forced Turkey to come to the UK in search of supplies. This could be the start of something big ... more...
Bastion of democracy - or of neo-liberalism? The European Parliament building, Brussels. Photo: Alex.ch via Flickr.com.

Want sustainability? Start by leaving the EU

David Acunzo

31st January 2014

To achieve true sustainability, ecological movements across Europe must push for independence from an EU ideologically locked into a neoliberal 'free trade' agenda wedded to endless economic growth, writes David Acunzo. more...
Guaranteed GMO-free. Image: the Non-GMO project.

GMO labeling - the tide is turning

Dr Mae Wan Ho

4th February 2014

While GM labeling is slowly gaining ground, the Non-GMO, GM-Free, and Organic labels are taking US health food markets by storm. Dr Mae Wan Ho reports ... more...
The Khmer Rouge, and the US Government. A Khmer Rouge waterboard used for torturing mainly female prisoners. Photo: waterboardingdotorg via Flickr.com.

Torture: Thou shalt not bear honest witness

Alyssa Rohricht

27th January 2014

To date, only one person has been jailed in connection to the US torture program, writes Alyssa Rohricht - the man who blew the whistle. His sentence must now be quashed and this true American hero set free and compensated. more...
Skateboarders - banned at the stroke of bureaucrats pen. Photo: Norma Desmond via Flickr.com.

Public space - we must defend our freedoms!

Josie Appleton

21st January 2014

Laws handing sweeping new powers to police and private security to restrict access to Britain's public space will extinguish the diversity of civic life, writes Josie Appleton. Time for us to rediscover and defend our freedoms! more...

Farming Freedom

Lorna Howarth

17th January 2014

A simple agricultural technique could release farmers from the grip of agrochemical corporations. With no patents, no royalties and no licensing fees, this system just benefits the farmers. more...
Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata), Mapangubwe National Park, South Africa. The tree is a rich source of nutritious fruit for wildlife and humans. Photo: Martin Heigan via Flickr.com.

GMO-free bioscience to feed Africa's farming families

Howard-Yana Shapiro

19th January 2014

For 600 million rural people across Africa, the food they grow is the food they eat. A new plant breeding academy in Kenya is using advanced genomic technologies to produce more robust and nutritious crops, writes Howard-Yana Shapiro. more...
I'll take the non-GMO, please. Photo: J.C. Burns via Flickr.com.

Supreme Court denies US farmers protection against Monsanto

Food Democracy Now

15th January 2014

The US Supreme Court has denied organic and GMO-free farmers their day in Court against Monsanto - leaving them unable to challenge the company's patents or seek redress for GMO seed contamination. more...
M/V Akademik Shokalskiy at anchor in the Penola Strait, off Petermann Island, in Antarctica. Photo: AntarcticBoy via Flickr.com.

Global warming scientists stuck in Antarctic summer freeze?

Stephan Lewandowsky

7th January 2014

Climate change skeptics have seized on the tale of the 'global warming scientists' stranded in Antarctica by a summer freeze-up. But Stephan Lewandowsky says there is more to the story than meets the eye ... more...

Cheerios go GM-free

Oliver Tickell

4th January 2013

After 40,000 Facebook posts on General Mills Facebook page demanding GM-free Cheerios, the company announces - 'original' Cheerios contain no GM ingredients. more...

2014 - the UK's GM-free year!

The Ecologist

30th December 2013

Despite the best efforts of the GM industry and Government, no GM trials are to take place in the UK in 2014. Could this spell the beginning of the end for genetically modified crops in the country? more...
Randy Schekman. Photo: eLife Sciences Publications via Flickr.com.

Let the science go free

Randy Schekman

23rd December 2013

Science must break free from the stifling grip of luxury journals, argues Randy Schekman. The future of scientific publication lies with online, 'open access' journals which make science available to all. more...

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Food to share! Photo: Incredible Edible.

Incredible Edible Todmorden

Julian Dobson

1st January 2014

Todmorden in Yorkshire's Calder Valley has been transformed by free food growing on its streets, parks and even its rooftops. Julian Dobson tells the inspiring story of Incredible Edible and how the transformational project is going global .... more...
Khone-Phapheng Falls. Photo: hiroo yamagata via flikr.com.

The Mekong must run free!

Tom Fawthrop

14th December 2013

The Mekong is among Southeast Asia's greatest rivers, sustaining tens of millions from its abundant fisheries and its floodwaters which both irrigate and fertilise. But as Tom Fawthrop reports, Nature's bounty, and beauty, are at risk from a series of 11 dams. more...

California's lone wolf returns

Oliver Tickell

11th December 2013

California has been wolf-free for 90 years. But now a lone wild wolf is moving in over the Golden State's border with Oregon, most recently last weekend. But pending full legal protection there are fears for its future. more...

Avaaz TPP petition sabotaged?

Oliver Tickell

6th December 2013

Suspicions are growing of a deliberate sabotage of an Avaaz petition calling for an end to the TPP 'free trade' negotiations which resume on Monday. The presumed attack brought the petition down and wiped over 800,000 signatures. more...

Frackers sue Colorado frack-free cities

The Ecologist

4th November 2013

Fort Collins and Lafayette are the targets of lawsuits by Colorado frackers, who claim that local bans on fracking within City boundaries violate State laws. more...
Assortment of LED bulbs. Photo: Geoffrey.landis / Wikimedia Commons.

Give away LED light bulbs!

Chris Goodall

4th December 2013

To avoid future electricity shortages the UK needs to reduce peak demand - at 5.15pm on a December evening. The simple answer, proposes Chris Goodall, is to distribute free LED light bulbs to every household in the UK. more...
Peter Greaves

Fossil Free Europe Tour

Peter Greaves

13th November 2013

Bill McKibben is a charismatic speaker, a sort of Billy Graham for the Environment, filled with an evangelical fervour, writes Peter Greaves. But ... more...
Lord Stern

Lord Stern snubbed as free trade trumps climate change

Alex Stevenson

November 6th, 2013

Lord Stern's bold initiative to tackle climate change "unhelpful" says UK Government: free trade and economic growth take precedence over climate change ... more...

Falling Fruit: A global collaborative foraging map

November 1st

Ruth Stokes

Ruth Stokes tells The Ecologist about an ingenious new online tool that encourages all of us, especially the yet-to-be-converted, to indulge in the free edible goodness found throughout our urban spaces more...

Go fossil-free, urge investment managers

Kieran Cooke

28th October 2013

Fossil fuel companies are feeling the heat from investors concerned that many of their assets may prove worthless. more...

Pity the freezing children of Norway

October 25th, 2013

Deborah Doane

Deborah Doane believes that the idea of development should be rooted in empathy and solidarity....
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Labour ready to gamble on Miliband's price freeze gambit

Alex Stevenson

26th September 2013

With 20 months to go until the next general election, Britain's energy policy debate is already heating up, reports Alex Stevenson..... more...

UK Environment Secretary suffering from GM delusion

by Pete Riley

Pete Riley, campaign director at GM Freeze argues that Defra are cherry picking their science to fit their agenda, disregarding the real needs of both people and planet..... more...

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