Articles

Organic GMOs – ask yourself, can this ever be a ‘thing’?

10th November 2018

The idea that new ‘genome editing’ techniques like CRISPR and gene drives could have a role in organic agriculture has prompted some difficult discussions around values and worldviews.

Citizen science reveals glyphosate in UK breakfast cereals

15th October 2018

A UK doctor took matters into her own hands and had four popular UK cereal brands tested for glyphosate. So just what are we – and our children – eating?

GM-fed salmon are being trialled in GM-free Scotland

2nd August 2018

An experiment in feeding farmed salmon GM feed is underway in the highlands of Scotland – and you should be worried about where it is taking us.

Sustainability: Are you a leader or a follower?

22nd June 2018

When it comes to sustainability in food and farming we need leaders and we need followers; what we can’t afford is freeloaders and easy riders who peddle nothing but buzzwords.

What’s in a name? The battle for food authenticity, integrity and sustainability

2nd June 2018

How bogus branding and marketing claims undermine notions of integrity of provenance and its hype and promotion suppresses real questions and more nuanced conversations about authenticity and sustainability.

Dead ends on the road to sustainability

15th May 2018

Sustainability is not just about carbon, energy, resources and pollution. It is also about health, wellbeing, tradition and culture. It also requires boundaries and restraint and therefore, trade-offs within those boundaries.

Have your say on how to reform food and farming after Brexit

3rd May 2018

We’ll be responding and you also have the chance to have your say in the government’s consultation on the future of food, farming and the environment – but you only have until Tuesday 8th May to do it.

Industrial food and the epidemic of childhood illness

2nd May 2018

In a new book Drs Michelle Perro and Vincanne Adams provide a convincing argument for how industrial food production – including pesticides and GMOs – is combining with other environmental factors to create a ‘perfect storm’ of health problems in kids.

Something fishy about sustainable fish, chef?

13th April 2018

A universal truth – whether you are buying a used car or sourcing ‘sustainable’ farmed of GMO fish for a restaurant – is that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

High stakes for CRISPR and GMO regulation in Europe

23rd January 2018

The European Court of Justice has been considering whether organisms obtained by mutagenesis are exempt from the EU’s Genetically Modified Organisms Directive. Will its final verdict create clarity or further confusion?