Moving Up the Food Chain

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by Lester R. Brown For most of the time that human beings have walked the earth, we lived as hunter-gatherers. The share of the human diet that came from hunting versus gathering varied with geographic location, hunting skills, and the season of the year. During the northern hemisphere winter, for instance, when there was little… Read more »

Badger Blues: A Catalyst for Change

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The UK cattle industry is in the midst of great change. Bovine tuberculosis is the main issue of the day; seen by many as a big problem which needs to be stopped. The solution which the UK government has opted for, with the backing of the National Farmer’s Union and non-departmental public body Natural England,… Read more »

Gangi Setty and the Green Tree Foundation Project (India)

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The Green Tree Foundation is a small non-profit organization that promotes permaculture techniques to local farmers in the Antapur district in Andra Pradesh, India. The organizations are devising solutions to alleviate serious water scarcity and eroded soil. However, it was Gangi Setty, the founder behind GTF, that made my trip to visit them most memorable…. Read more »

Number of Scientists Who Say GMOs Not Proven Safe Climbs to 230

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Editor’s Note: This is a press release update to this recent post. Developer of first commercialised GM food says debate isn’t over. The number of scientists, physicians and legal experts who have signed the group statement, “No scientific consensus on GMO safety”[1] has climbed to 230 in just over a week – and it’s still… Read more »

A Festival of Toxic Waste

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How about building bonfires without the old sofas and painted boards? by George Monbiot “Bonfire Night Kills Whales” is the sort of headline that gives environmentalists a bad name. But the facts can’t be helped, even if the messengers must be shot for sounding like killjoys. Most communities have festivals of subversion, in which the… Read more »

Huge GMO News

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It hasn’t been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry. Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means that companies like… Read more »

Scientists Declare No Consensus on GMO Safety

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A group of 93 scientists from all over the world deplore the disinformation over the safety of GMOs and expose the lack of empirical and scientific evidence on which the false claims of “consensus” on safety are being made. Sign the statement "No consensus on GMO safety" Find the List of Signatories Here (PDF) The… Read more »

Scientific American Disinformation on GMOs

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America’s most trusted science magazine is spreading disinformation on behalf of a failing and desperate industry, in utter disregard of scientific integrity and the overwhelming evidence of hazards to health and the environment. by Dr Mae Wan Ho, Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji and Prof Peter Saunders. Deceptively authoritative pronouncements not backed up by evidence, scientific or… Read more »