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The 10 best woods and forests for spring flowersGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
A visit to Priestley Wood in spring or early summer should test even the most knowledgeable plant-identifier. Some 130 flowering plants have been recorded in the woods, which have been designated a site of special scientific interest. There are relatively large populations of the twayblade orchid, the common spotted orchid, wild garlic, broad-leaved helleborine, herb Paris, primrose and the ever-popular bluebell.
How we engineered the food crisis | Henry MillerGuardian Unlimited | 20 Mar 2011
Thanks to dysfunctional regulation of genetic engineering and misguided biofuels policy, the world's poorest are going hungry. Food prices worldwide were up by a whopping 25% in 2010, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, and February marked the eighth consecutive month of rising global food prices. Within the past two months, food riots helped to trigger the ousting of ruling regimes in Tunisia and Egypt.
How can vegetarians avoid animal fertilisers?Guardian Unlimited | 12 Jan 2011
Vegetables are often grown using 'fish, blood and bone' as a fertiliser. As a vegetarian, how can I avoid this produce? I have been vegetarian for many years and try to eat organic produce, if possible. I am grappling with the issue that many organic fertilisers are of animal origin and wondering...
Letters: How to boost food production in AfricaGuardian Unlimited | 07 Dec 2010
It is great that new research from Harvard University is challenging pessimistic views of Africa as a continent unable to feed itself (Africa can feed itself in a generation, says author, if leaders take up cause, 3 December). However, the expensive and failing technology GM should have no role to play in this - not even selectively.
How do I know food is suitable for vegetarians?Guardian Unlimited | 22 Nov 2010
What guarantees does a vegetarian have that the food or drink they wish to buy does not contain animal products? I am a practising vegetarian and have been for many years. Choosing beer and wine seems to be an area of contention when it comes to being vegetarian and the research I have conducted...
British dairy industry becoming unsustainable, warns farmers' unionGuardian Unlimited | 21 Nov 2010
Farmers' union leader Peter Kendall has issued a chilling warning that milk and cheese prices could rise and the country could become reliant on imports unless action is taken to create a sustainable British dairy industry. Kendall, president of the National Farmers' Union, complained that the...
Super-dairy plans resubmitted with half the number of cowsGuardian Unlimited | 18 Nov 2010
Original plans for UK's largest c.attle farm had included 8,100 cows and sparked controversy. A planning application for a controversial "super-dairy" is resubmitted today - but with half the number of cows. The original plans for the UK's largest dairy farm, with 8,100 cows on a single site at...
British Beekeepers Association to stop endorsing bee-killing pesticidesGuardian Unlimited | 16 Nov 2010
Beekepers' group ends commercial relationship with pesticide manufacturer whose product killed bees. The British Beekeepers' Association hastoday announced plans to end its controversial practice of endorsing pesticides in return for cash from leading chemical manufacturers.The endorsement of four...
Grubs up: Eating insectsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Nov 2010
More than 1,000 types of insect are eaten in countries around the world. So why are we so squeamish? Carlene Thomas-Bailey talks to a man on a mission to change your mind. He's not a professional chef, but Marc Dennis has hosted a string of surprisingly successful dinner parties, particularly...
Farmers next to GM fields benefit from pest reduction, study showsGuardian Unlimited | 07 Oct 2010
US study finds reduced numbers of crop-damaging pests on corn farms that adjoin those growing GM crops. Farmers growing conventional corn next to GM crops can benefit from the reduction in crop-destroying pests without paying the premium for GM seeds, a new study has shown.The research, published...
Meat diets pose environmental danger: reportReuters | 04 Oct 2010
People will have to cut meat from their diets if the world is to stay within safer limits of planet-warming greenhouse gases, nitrate pollution and habitat destruction, according to a journal article published on Monday.
Bitter fruit: The truth about supermarket pineappleGuardian Unlimited | 01 Oct 2010
These days, sweet pineapple come with a sour aftertaste, with production marred by allegations of environmental damage, union-busting, chemical poisoning and poverty wages. Late morning, and the suffocating heat of Costa Rica's rainy season has turned the air over the plantation leaden. On the horizon, where the spikes of thousands of pineapple plants merge into a grey-green fog, sits a spraying machine.
Two thirds want GM to be kept off their plate - new opinion pollFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 15 Jun 2010
Two thirds of people in the UK don't want GM food. - 72 per cent would pay extra for non-GM food. The survey comes as Friends of the Earth and GM Freeze have learnt that that US- owned food retailer Asda has abandoned its commitment to GM-free eggs and poultry. The campaigning groups are calling on Asda and other supermarkets to respond to public opinion by pledging to keep GM out of the nation's meat and dairy.
The youth trend that's not for couch potatoesThe Independent | 09 May 2010
It is a taste of the good life for the iPhone generation: more rewarding than InterRailing, safer than kibbutzim. It even has a catchy name, wwoofing. Record numbers of environmentally conscious young people are volunteering through the organisation Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (Wwoof).
M&S 'fair price' plan rewards dairy farmers for healthy herdsGuardian Unlimited | 23 Apr 2010
Dairy farmers are to be rewarded for maintaining healthy herds for the first time under a new payment method that offers bonuses for high standards of animal welfare.The retailer Marks & Spencer will unveil the scheme next week, agreeing to pay a "fair price" to producers which reflects production costs as well as the retail price of milk, and provides incentives for improving animal living conditions.
Animal health campaigners welcome delay of 'battery farm' dairyGuardian Unlimited | 13 Apr 2010
Plans for a giant dairy condemned as a "battery chicken farm for cows" have been withdrawn after protests from animal welfare and environmental campaigners.Proposals submitted by Nocton Dairies for the UK's largest dairy farm, where 8,100 cows would produce 250,000 litres of milk a day, have been put on hold while "technical issues" are addressed.