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The Environmental Risks of Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Publication | 12 January, 2017 at 10:00

Neonicotinoid pesticides were first introduced in the mid-1990s and since then their use has grown rapidly so that they have become the most widely used class of insecticides in the world, with the majority being used as seed coatings.

Dripping Poison

Publication | 16 December, 2013 at 9:30

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has carried out reviews of the neonicotinoid pesticides thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and clothianidin in order to assess the possible risks posed by these systemic insecticides to bees.

Smart Breeding

Publication | 28 October, 2014 at 1:00

GE crops are very limited in sophistication, being almost completely dominated by herbicide tolerance and insect resistance traits. Could the numerous tools of biotechnology deliver better outcomes? This report tries to answer that question.

Pesticides and our Health

Publication | 12 May, 2015 at 11:00

Since 1950 the human population has doubled, yet the area of arable land used to feed these people has increased by only 10%. There are huge pressures to provide food, at low cost, on land that is becoming more and more degraded as nutrients are...

Food and Farming Vision

Publication | 18 May, 2015 at 11:00

We are living with a broken food system. It needs to be replaced urgently for the benefit of all people, and the planet. Greenpeace's Food and Farming Vision describes what Ecological Farming means, and how it can be summarised in seven...

Vitamin A: Natural sources vs 'Golden' rice

Publication | 1 February, 2001 at 1:00

How much vitamin A do people need to prevent deficiency?

Twenty Years of Failure

Publication | 5 November, 2015 at 9:00

Twenty years ago, the first genetically modified (GM) crops were planted in the USA, alongside dazzling promises about this new technology. Two decades on, the promises are getting bigger and bigger, but GM crops are not delivering any of them.

Europe's Pesticide Addiction

Publication | 13 October, 2015 at 10:00

Europe's dependency on chemical pesticides is nothing short of an addiction. Crops are routinely doused with a variety of chemicals, usually applied multiple times to single crops throughout the whole growing season. Industrial agriculture, with...

Genetically Engineered Pro-vitamin A 'Golden' rice

Publication | 1 February, 2001 at 1:00

Reality vs. Fiction

Plan Bee – Living Without Pesticides

Publication | 7 May, 2014 at 13:00

The drastic decline of wild and managed bee populations recorded in recent years in Europe and North America is alarming given our reliance on these insect pollinators for biodiversity and global food security.

Bees in Decline

Publication | 9 April, 2013 at 7:30

Honeybees and wild pollinators play a crucial role in agriculture and food production. However, the current chemical-intensive agriculture model is threatening both, and thereby putting food supply at risk

The Bees' Burden

Publication | 16 April, 2014 at 9:30

This study reports concentrations of pesticides found in pollen brought back to hives by foraging bees, and sampled using pollen traps or direct from the comb. This is one of the most extensive studies of pesticides in bee-collected pollen...

A Toxic Eden

Publication | 24 April, 2014 at 14:13

This study reports results from the laboratory analysis of ornamental plants sourced from garden centres, supermarkets and DIY-stores in ten European countries.

GM Contamination Register Report 2007

Publication | 28 February, 2008 at 9:55

This is the third annual report from the online GM Contamination Register, which reviews reported cases of contamination and illegal plantings and releases of GM (genetically modified) organisms.

Ecological Livestock

Publication | 12 February, 2013 at 12:41

Options for reducing livestock production and consumption to fit within ecological limits, with a focus in Europe.

Ecological farming: Drought-resistant agriculture

Publication | 1 July, 2010 at 16:55

Human-induced climate change is resulting in less and more erratic rainfall, especially in regions where food security is very low. The poor in rural and dry areas will suffer the most and will require cheap and accessible strategies to adapt to...

Herbicide tolerance and GM crops

Publication | 30 June, 2011 at 8:00

The widespread and increasingly intensive use of glyphosate in association with the use of GM (genetically modified) crops poses further risks to the environment and human health.

Genetically engineered papaya - unknown plant

Publication | 3 July, 2003 at 2:00

Genetic engineering is a crude and old fashioned technology. The mechanism by which genetically engineered (GE) papaya is resistant to Papaya Ringspot virus (PRSV) is not known. The environmental risks of GE papaya are difficult to define because...

Genetically Engineered Pro-vitamin A

Publication | 1 February, 2001 at 1:00

The impact of GM corn in Spain

Publication | 26 August, 2003 at 2:00

Spain is the only country in the European Union that tolerates the release of genetically engineered crops on a commercial scale. Though only cultivated on relatively small areas, the potential impact of Syngenta's GE maize on environment,...

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