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Glyphosate most widely used weed killer in history

Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate, the main ingredient in the company’s signature product Roundup, is the most heavily used pesticide globally, according to a report published earlier this month. The paper, by agricultural economist Charles Benbrook PhD, which appears in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences Europe, states that since 1996, when Roundup Ready genetically-engineered crops were introduced, […]

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Organic could be worse for the environment, Krebs claims

The former chairman of the Food Standards Agency John Krebs has claimed that organic farming could have a more damaging climate change effect than conventional farming. Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference earlier this month, he told delegates: “The fact is organic farming is, in general, less productive per hectare than conventional farming and if […]

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Don’t allow US hormones and pesticides into our food, Oliver warns

Jamie Oliver has warned that a controversial trade deal between the EU and US could open the door to food imports containing growth hormones and banned pesticides. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement is being presented by big business as a way to remove trade barriers and make business easier. But others warn […]

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Soil Association calls for ban on MI, MCI

Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett has called for a ban on the preservatives methylisothiazolinone (MI) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI), commonly used in cosmetic products. Melchett’s comments follow the announcement earlier this month by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) that the EU has once again failed to implement a ban, despite a widespread call for […]

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Soil Association calls for ban on MI, MCI

Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett has called for a ban on the preservatives methylisothiazolinone (MI) and methylchloroisothiazolinone, (MCI), commonly used in cosmetic products. Melchett’s comments follow the announcement earlier this month by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) that the EU has once again failed to implement a ban, despite a widespread call for […]

July 7, 2014 Continue Reading
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Melchett slams Paterson’s “backward-looking, patronizing obsession with GM”

The Soil Association’s director of policy Peter Melchett has slammed environment minister Owen Paterson’s “backward-looking” and “patronising obsession with GM”. Earlier in the day, in a speech at the Rothamsted Research Centre, the minister said it was time “to embrace the significant benefits of GM to farmers, consumers and the environment.” Commenting that he was […]

June 20, 2013 Continue Reading
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