Those opposed to the mass release of GM crops and foods inadequately tested for health and ecological safety are routinely accused of being anti-science, writes Elizabeth Henderson. But it's the GM corporations and their academic allies that are suppressing scientific research, and organic farmers that are building alliances with independent scientists for a future of safe, healthy food.
It is time for the European Commission to stop mucking about and act responsibly on glyphosate. If it grants a temporary extension it must include restrictions that minimise human exposure, writes Franziska Achterberg.
The study by agricultural economist Ted Jaenicke found that organic hot spots — counties with high levels of organic agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have high organic activity — increased media household incomes.
The area of UK agricultural land devoted to organic production fell again last year according to new figures released by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) – and now stands 30 per cent lower than the 2008 figure.
Furious environmentalists have taken to streets around the world to protest against seed giant Monsanto at the same time as the company is facing a $62 billion takeover by Bayer, the German drugs giant.
More than 400 simultaneous demonstrations against genetically modified crops and pesticides were organised around the world this weekend.
The protests took place in over 40 countries from the Americas, to Korea, Africa and Europe against Monsanto.
Urging people to follow low fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having "disastrous health consequences", a health charity has warned.
In a damning report that accuses major public health bodies of colluding with the food industry, the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration call for a "major overhaul" of current dietary guidelines.
They say the focus on low fat diets is failing to address Britain's obesity crisis, while snacking between meals is making people fat.
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