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A magic moment: Tetley starts a journey towards ecological tea

Blog entry by Melissa Shinn | 1 October, 2014 1 comment

Ever have a moment when you feel like something extraordinary just happened, a small step that might start something really big? Last Monday I had one of those moments. I read an announcement by the makers of Tetley tea in India...

Food is life. And food is as precious and varied as life itself.

Blog entry by Pat Cuonzo | 16 October, 2014 1 comment

Today's hashtag #WFD2014 marks the day that the world dedicates to food and nutrition. We are celebrating World Food Day with Ida Frosk's Food Art . Of course, it's easy to celebrate food and its variety if your plate is...

Change your food, change the world: 5 ways to bite away at your food footprint

Blog entry by Rashini Suriyaarachchi | 16 October, 2014 3 comments

Between production, packaging, transport and cooking, the things we eat can have a massive impact on the earth. Luckily, they're also some of the easiest habits to change. Here are the first steps to going on an environmentally-friendly...

"Smart" breeding, where science and farmers' knowledge meet

Blog entry by Dr. Janet Cotter | 28 October, 2014 4 comments

Plant breeding is the key to providing us with varied and better quality foods. Although conventional plant breeding has existed for hundreds of years, it was often time-consuming and labour-intensive. But, breeding methods have come a...

Contamination from GE crops does happen: nearly 400 incidents since GE crops were...

Blog entry by Janet Cotter and Becky Price | 12 November, 2014 1 comment

Genetically engineered (GE - also called genetically modified, GM) crops raise many concerns, particularly for the environment. One of the main concerns for consumers, farmers and traders is contamination from GE crops. Now, a...

Fighting a government-assisted land grab with #peoplepower in Hungary

Feature story | 4 December, 2014 at 21:00

Many progressive farmers have for years been producing food ecologically around the world. They are the growing evidence that ecological farming is a real and better alternative to the industrial and chemical intensive farming system which is...

Filipino farmers share 'seeds of hope'

Blog entry by Wilhelmina Pelegrina | 19 December, 2014 1 comment

Ecological farmers in the Philippines have pooled their expertise and resources and travelled close to 600 km (370 miles) to help farmers in Dolores, Eastern Samar, get back on their feet following Typhoon Hagupit. Communities were...

One step at a time we are getting closer to a GE-free Europe

Blog entry by Luís Ferreirim | 22 December, 2014

When the year comes to a close it's often a time for balances, and even if progress is slow it's good to stop for a moment to take stock. Take genetically engineered (GE) crops (also referred to as GMOs), for example. In Europe,...

Grrrowd: How much justice can we crowdsource?

Blog entry by Brian Fitzgerald | 24 December, 2014

Take a crowd, add a Grrrowl, and what have you got? A Grrrowd. Think of it as a Kickstarter or Indiegogo for justice. Citizens band together to fund not just good causes, but good cases: legal action that can bring down polluting...

Tropical deforestation is bad news – the science keeps telling us

Blog entry by Dr Janet Cotter | 9 January, 2015 10 comments

Deforestation is very bad news for the environment and for the climate. It is bad news for biodiversity and releases greenhouses gases into the atmosphere – we know that. But the science is increasingly certain that deforestation is...

Are limits to growth real?

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 17 January, 2015 3 comments

In 2002, global warming denialist and anti-environmental gadfly Bjørn Lomborg consigned the 1972 book, The Limits to Growth, to "the dustbin of history." However, 42 years of data now appear to vindicate the book’s premise, that the...

Food movement on the march

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 19 January, 2015 4 comments

I joined the march against agribusiness in Berlin on Saturday, 17 January. It is too easy to be blasé about yet another demonstration. However, the large turnout of tens of thousands of people of all ages during a winter day was good...

From "good to great": ecological farming is coming!

Blog entry by Iza Kruszewska | 21 January, 2015

2014 has been a good year for ecological farming. Also called agroecology, this knowledge-rich type of farming which protects and sustains the diversity of life on earth is gaining recognition as farmers struggle to adapt to a changing...

Shanghai 1 - Beijing 0. The latest score in a food safety match

Blog entry by Jing Wang | 23 January, 2015 1 comment

As a proud Beijing citizen, I was appalled to learn that neighbourhood markets in the city are selling vegetables which are not only contaminated with chemical pesticides well in excess of Chinese standards, but are even worse affected...

The strong arm of the Grrrowd

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 26 March, 2015 10 comments

Grrrowd is a powerful new model for crowdfunding legal cases involving human and environmental rights. It's the Kickstarter of class action suits, the Indiegogo of good cases for good causes. It's the place where a poor Mexican...

Glyphosate's under the spotlight

Blog entry by Patrizia Cuonzo | 30 March, 2015 2 comments

Pesticide Action Week 2015 had just started when I had read some interesting news: "Roundup weedkiller 'probably'* causes cancer, says WHO study" The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – an agency affiliated...

The grass is always greener on the other side (as long your neighbor doesn’t use Roundup)

Blog entry by Patrizia Cuonzo | 22 April, 2015 5 comments

Today is Earth Day, and approximately one month since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer, probably causes cancer . In the Netherlands, where I live,...

Celebrating ecologically farmed food in Nairobi

Blog entry by Taahir Chagan | 22 April, 2015

On 25 April we will celebrate ecologically farmed food in all its splendour by hosting a fun food fair in the heart of Nairobi at Central Park. We will have an authentic  Kenyan Cook-off contest , where the budding chefs will be...

When industrial food fails us, it's time to change the food system

Blog entry by Alessandro Saccoccio | 11 May, 2015 6 comments

The current food system is broken. We all see how industrial and chemical intensive food production impacts on people and farmers, the planet and animals. For example, did you know that in 2007, 269 tonnes of pesticides were used...

Those who produce our food suffer the most

Blog entry by Kirsten Thompson | 12 May, 2015 2 comments

How pesticides affect farmers' and our health. At Greenpeace we have been campaigning against the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture for a long time. Not only because they are not necessary for food production, in fact...

How our breakfast choice can change the food system

Blog entry by Reyes Tirado | 18 May, 2015 2 comments

8:00 am, Monday, southern Spain: "What's for breakfast, Mom?" Everyday, at least three times a day, we are faced with the same question: What to eat? For almost 1 billion people in the world this is a painful question, with an...

Of Seeds and Men: How a French farmer created a seed house

Blog entry by Pierre Dudout | 10 June, 2015

The magic of seeds has always fascinated me. As a child I liked to watch the beans growing in the garden, their bent stem gently emerging from the ground to defy the sun, opening up to deploy their first leaves in the wind. I would...

Silo restaurant: Pre-industrial food and "food interception"

Blog entry by Iza Kruszewska | 26 June, 2015

What's that about you may well ask? That's the same question I asked myself when I visited their website. So I decided to check it out. Walking into Silo, I'm greeted by a table laden with sourdough sandwiches stuffed with...

On the shiny trail of snails

Blog entry by Christiane Huxdorff and Christine Gebeneter | 3 August, 2015

Everybody knows those little not invited guests in our gardens. Snails and their relatives – slugs. How to get rid of them? Especially with some warm and wet weather periods they show up en masse and feed themselves from the...

Esperanza investigates agrotoxics in the Gulf of California

Blog entry by Maïa Booker | 14 August, 2015 1 comment

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is currently on the second leg of its tour in the Gulf of California, investigating toxic chemicals associated with agriculture. Last week, activists sent a message to food companies Bimbo, La Costeña, and...

A pestiferous problem

Blog entry by Dr. Dirk Zimmermann | 13 October, 2015

A new report on Europe's pesticide addiction addresses the thorny topic of ridding ourselves of pesticides for good. For most of us the use of millions of tonnes and hundreds of types of synthetic chemical pesticides is the quiet...

5 ways to celebrate World Food Day (and fix our broken food system)

Blog entry by Amanda Graupner | 16 October, 2015

Today is World Food Day and food lovers have found some fabulous ways to celebrate. Food that's good for people and our planet is a human right: from farmers in Argentina and city folk in France, to children in the Philippines and...

Cows, conspiracies, and Greenpeace

Blog entry by Robin Oakley | 19 October, 2015 84 comments

You're probably reading this blog because you have some questions raised by the film Cowspiracy. I'd like to address these directly – and tell you a little about our work on animal agriculture around the world. We all share...

Victories in Mexico for healthy food

Blog entry by Aleira Lara | 24 October, 2015

Let me share some good news! So far 2015 has been a promising year for our campaign for healthy food in Mexico. This doesn't mean that everything related to food and agriculture is now perfect in Mexico… far from it! However, I am now...

Less meat, better for everyone

Blog entry by Elena Danali | 4 November, 2015 2 comments

The recent announcement from the World Health Organisation (WHO) which classified processed meat as a carcinogenic and red meat as "probably carcinogenic" (similar to Glyphosate in Roundup) shows that the amount and the frequency...

A growing tide in Europe says again: "GMOs, no thank you!"

Blog entry by Timothy Eden | 16 November, 2015 1 comment

Despite years of pressure and efforts by the European Union political elite in favour of genetically engineered (GE) crops, European citizens (all of you) and national governments from a broad range of political backgrounds have won a...

Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 21 December, 2015 16 comments

Dear Friends,  As I look out my window here in Amsterdam, winter is nearly here, and with it comes the retreat of another year, and the passing of what has been to make way for the spring and the new. As the days get shorter and the...

New GM food could end up on your plate untested and unlabelled

Blog entry by Franziska Achterberg | 24 January, 2016

After two decades of commercial use, Europeans still can't stomach genetically modified (GM) food. But their producers may have found a way to bypass public opposition and safety regulation. A new range of GM plants and animals could...

Big news for bees

Blog entry by Luís Ferreirim | 5 February, 2016

As ecological farming and the market for organic food continues to grow across the globe, I’m heartened to see that the same is true in Spain, my home country, where we are going through one of the worst economic crises in recent...

From fridge to film - the farmers choosing a sustainable life

Blog entry by Shuk-Wah Chung | 8 April, 2016 1 comment

They catch the fish you eat and harvest the rice you stir-fry. But there’s something that sets these farmers apart. They’ve taken on farming methods that have influenced the way they think about food and changed their way of life. ...

EU bows to US pressure to open door to new GMOs

Blog entry by Franziska Achterberg | 22 April, 2016

People in Europe have massively rejected GMOs, and our governments have started to ban their cultivation , but agro­chemical companies have cooked up a new way to get GMOs onto the European market. They are claiming that GMOs which...

Farmers of the future need healthy land

Blog entry by Brecht Goussey | 28 April, 2016

Brecht Goussey is an organic farmer and runs a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm in the area of Leuven, Belgium. What he struggles with most is access to healthy soil and affordable land to grow food for his local community.

5 helpful vegetarian diet tips for meat-free newbies

Blog entry by Rashini Suriyaarachchi | 30 April, 2016 3 comments

Cutting back on red meat and dairy can be one of the biggest steps to reduce your carbon footprint. While Greenpeace campaign for renewable energy and a transition from fossil fuels, we're also looking at other ways we can protect...

The future of food: a necessary road map from uniformity to diversity

Blog entry by Herman van Bekkem | 21 June, 2016

Are you concerned about pesticides in your food? Are you wondering how we could switch to more ecological farming? Then you’ll be excited about this report. It’s by an independent group of experts on food security, agro-ecosystems...

Food security can’t wait for GE’s empty promises

Blog entry by Herman van Bekkem and Wilhelmina Pelegrina | 30 June, 2016 1 comment

Across vast tracts of the Philippines, farmers are adapting their farming methods to withstand climate change. They're producing food in times of drought and typhoons through resilient forms of ecological agriculture. Meanwhile some...

5 reasons you should support the Monsanto Tribunal

Blog entry by Angelica Pago | 13 October, 2016 1 comment

A symbolic trial being held in The Hague, Netherlands this week could shape the future of the food we eat. Agrochemical giant, Monsanto, faces people who have suffered from the corporation's approach to agriculture. Communities...

Will the Monsanto Tribunal create a better food system for all of us?

Blog entry by Watcharapol Daengsubha | 19 October, 2016

Last weekend (14-16 October, 2016), farmers, scientists and activists from all over the world gathered at the Monsanto Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, to present the case against destruction caused by one of the corporate giants...

Shaking up China's food system - in Shanghai and beyond

Blog entry by Wang Jing | 27 October, 2016

Greenpeace China's campaign to push one of China's biggest retailers to purge pesticides triggered food safety reform across the whole of Shanghai. Now we're fighting to take it nationwide. Dried flowers of the Sanqi plant ...

How does ‘organic food’ affect your body?

Blog entry by Kenji Ishihara | 19 December, 2016

Is the food you and your family eat everyday really free from synthetic chemical pesticides?  Join us. Challenge yourself to switch to organic food  and help promote pesticide-free food for families everywhere. Together, we can fix the...

Seeing is believing: Growing food for people, with people and with nature in Cuba

Blog entry by Reyes Tirado | 13 January, 2017 2 comments

“Ojos hacen fe.” Those are the words of Lucy Martín, an inspiring Cuban researcher with Oxfam in Havana. She has lived through decades of change in Cuba, while remaining grounded in the reality of farmers there. She uses...

Agricultural revolution in Germany: we want it and we can do it

Blog entry by Dirk Zimmermann | 25 January, 2017 1 comment

We are fed up. You, me and a lot of our farmers. In Berlin, Germany, some 18,000 people just took to the streets to protest against industrial agriculture. It is clear we no longer want a food system that is dependent on pesticides,...

Pesticides are not needed to feed the world, UN says

Blog entry by Luís Ferreirim | 12 April, 2017 1 comment

“Pesticides, which have been aggressively promoted, are a global human rights concern, and their use can have very detrimental consequences on the enjoyment of the right to food.” This is the catchy introduction of the new report...

Why are there pesticides in our eggs?

Blog entry by Christiane Huxdorff and Davin Hutchins | 11 August, 2017 1 comment

In case you missed the news this week, here’s what we know so far: during the first week in August, the Dutch food safety authority (NWMA) announced that they discovered tens of thousands of eggs contaminated with fipronil - a toxic...

CETA trade deal puts EU food and agriculture standards at risk

Blog entry by Kees Kodde | 20 September, 2017

Do you remember TTIP , the proposed trade deal between the US and the EU? Its negotiations were stopped by the hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets in the capitals of Europe. 3.3 million signatures were collected...

Great news for bees - time to say goodbye to fipronil! #SOSbees

Blog entry by Luís Ferreirim | 30 September, 2017 1 comment

It’s party time for bees and other species, because, starting today, the chemical pesticide fipronil can’t be used anymore in agriculture across Europe. Fipronil is a common pesticide used in agriculture and sparked an international...

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