Limited Study Questioned : A UK study commissioned by the Food Standards Authority, which said organic food was no better than conventionally grown food, and which was widely reported in media in the UK, the US, NZ and elsewhere, has been roundly found lacking by Organic commentators. The study omitted much research which supported organics, including a major European-Union funded study which found organic food to be nutritionally superior.
Organic food important in fight against obesity and diabetes : US organisation The Organic Centre has released a report that identifies ways in which organic food can be instrumental in reversing the obesity and diabetes epidemics, including the 'worrisome' rapid rise in obesity and weight problems in American children.
Endosulphan banned : New Zealand's anti pesticide campaigners have scored a victory with the banning of endosulphan, a pesticide already banned in 55 countries, but Australia, which exports its tomatoes to New Zealand, still allows the toxin.
GE crops inherently unstable - Dr Mae-Wan Ho : Horizontal gene transfer does not readily happen without genetic engineering. Genetic engineering enhances it, with dangerous consequences says UK Institute of Science in Society director, Dr Mae-Wan Ho.
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Valuables Being Dumped : By Tracy Miles. We can have pollution, desertification, contamination and waste or employment, good food and health. "The cost will be the same, the benefits immeasurable", says Australian waste board general manager, Gerard Gillespie.
Vegans and Veganic Agriculture : The vegan can no longer filter out his or her awareness of the animalsí suffering, and must either change or go insane, writes international vegan ambassador and caterer, Justice Fields. In this article, he describes how he and other vegans feel about animal farming and talks about veganic agriculture.
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GE brassica trial halted after error : The Crown Research Institute is to discontinue its GE brassica field trial less than two years into its 10 year consent following a breach of conditions designed to prevent GE pollen escaping into the environment.
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