Organic pioneer Susie Hewson, founder of Natracare, has become the first recipient of the Oak Award, initiated by the Organic Trade Board (OTB) to recognize outstanding contributions to the organic sector.
Tributes have been paid to Peter Melchett, the environmentalist, organic farmer and former Government minister, who has died aged 71.
Delegates at the Royal Society of Medicine have heard that the true extent of pesticide use is at odds with the claims of the pesticide industry.
The Soil Association (SA) has launched a campaign for greater clarity on beauty product labelling.
Farming Minister George Eustice MP has confirmed that farmers and growers will be able to apply for Countryside Stewardship support for the next two years.
A new peer-reviewed study has found that exposure to an ultra-low dose of Roundup herbicide in rats causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
A report by the Environmental Audit Committee warns that further action is needed if the Government is to manage the UK’s soil sustainably by 2030.
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, […]
In what many will deem as good news for UK wildlife, on Friday (3 July) Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) rejected the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) request for farmers to be allowed to use neonicotinoid seed treatments on some oilseed rape crops this summer. The NFU said it was extremely disappointing in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Governments and pro-agribusiness groups are using flawed data on food production requirements to push for an expansion of GM food crops, claims a new report from the Soil Association. (more…)
A new take on the January blues
December 5, 2019 Rosie Greenaway
‘Shades of Aqua’ has been highlighted as the key food and beverage colour trend for 2020, with vivid blues and greens expected to drive innovation.
Veganuary to launch ‘milestone’ TV ad
As part of The Big Give, non-profit Veganuary has launched a Crowdfunding effort to get its first TV ad on air, aiming to raise £40,000 in one week.
Hastings’ Co-op expands refills into second store
Trinity Wholefoods, which marked its 35th birthday this year, has opened a refill store to encourage customers to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle, refill, rethink’.
Experts warn of high protein diet risks
Popular high protein diets have been shown to help people lose weight but could be putting long-term followers at risk of kidney damage, experts warn.
Pick of the products 2019
November 28, 2019 Rosie Greenaway
One thing’s for sure when reflecting on this year’s products: our industry never fails to deliver on innovation. With the word ‘sustainability’ on everyone’s lips, our sector was pioneering its ‘better for you and the planet’ products long before the phrase hit the mainstream. As the world plays catch-up, here’s a review of the trendsetting […]
With irritable bowel syndrome affecting approximately 12 million people in the UK, Jane Wolfe finds out how diet and lifestyle changes can significantly help sufferers, and investigates the low-FODMAP solution (more…)
Living life on the veg
Plates of lifeless veg and soggy ‘fishless fingers’ are a thing of the past. Rosie Greenaway orders the vegan catch of the day, explores today’s sophisticated veggie market, and discovers just how much the nation’s love of animal products is costing the planet (more…)
The whole package
Want the truth about sustainable packaging? It’s complicated – but consumers and brands are both committed to change, says Matt Chittock
As Europe braces itself for a winter flu outbreak, protect yourself with Sambucol and the power of black elderberry.
Experts across Europe have warned the EU to brace itself for a bad flu season this winter. A new vaccine has been produced which is effective in fighting H3N2, the flu strain likely to hit the region this year; however, the vaccine is generally available for free to over 65s, pregnant women, those with an […]
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Tooth powder as a powerful ally for your dental health
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