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Making the case for ecological farming in Africa

Blog entry by Glen Tyler | 12 June, 2014 1 comment

When I ask people what the backbone of most African economies is, the response is often a unanimous, "agriculture". It goes without dispute that agriculture is the most important and largest contributor to the gross domestic product...

Tasty food has always been part of culture, leaping through time and civilizations

Blog entry by Aquiles Chávez | 31 July, 2014

It is a historical fact that the type of diet defines cultural patterns of the different communities in every society. It is also a fact that changes in the human diet have led to biological changes in the human being as he adapted to...

Clean Chai Now! Let's demand our tea to be chemicals free

Blog entry by Melissa Shinn | 11 August, 2014 7 comments

Tea anyone? I'm a self confessed 'queen of tea' – preferably green and, if I can get it, especially green chai! All the healthy properties of green tea spiced with the flavours and traditions of India, one of the world's greatest tea...

An apple a day keeps the pesticides away

Blog entry by Federica Ferrario | 12 September, 2014 1 comment

The fields around Malles in the heart of the Venosta Valley in northern Italy are right now surrounded by thousands of yellow and red apples, ready to be harvested. These apples – the real "gold" of this area – will soon be produced...

Is FAO opening a window for ecological farming?

Blog entry by Monique Mikhail | 23 September, 2014 4 comments

It was an exciting moment for me and a small team of Greenpeace food campaigners to take part in the Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Agroecology Symposium in Rome last week. It was the first FAO event on agroecology in...

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 Stories

Topic | 16 October, 2014 at 2:00

Food is taste and nourishment. Food is family and culture. Food is science, art and religion. Food is life. The real problem is the lack of access to food in all its variety. Take the Vitamin A deficiency for example. The solution is a varied and...

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

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.

'Smart Breeding': biotechnology innovation that looks to the future but delivers today

Press release | 28 October, 2014 at 1:00

Amsterdam, 28 October 2014 - Greenpeace today announced their support of Marker Assisted Selection (MAS), or Smart Breeding, as a way to develop plant traits required to face the different challenges of today's agriculture: from disease-resistance...

"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...

All that Glitters is not Gold (trailer)

Video | 31 October, 2014 at 12:45

'Golden' rice is a genetically engineered (GE) rice variety that has been developed by industry to produce pro-vitamin A. Its proponents have hyped GE 'Golden' rice as a quick-fix solution to vitamin A deficiency which is prevalent in developing...

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...

Farmer-to-farmer seed delivery to help Dolores recover from Typhoon Hagupit

Press release | 19 December, 2014 at 6:00

Dolores, Eastern Samar, Philippines, 19 December 2014 – A farmer-to-farmer delivery of ecological seeds took place today in Dolores, Eastern Samar in the Philippines to help farmers regenerate agricultural land badly damaged by Typhoon Hagupit.

2014: A Year In Pictures

Image gallery | 19 December, 2014

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...

Seeds Distribution for Typhoon Affected Farmers in The Philippine

Image | 19 December, 2014 at 15:30

Greenpeace volunteers prepare to distribute rice seeds for planting, to farmers whose fields where totally destroyed by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). A group of farmers from the islands of Cebu, Bohol and Negros – strong movers of sustainable and...

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...

2014: A Year in Video

Video | 31 December, 2014 at 15:15

A look back at some of the Greenpeace campaign successes from the past twelve months.

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...

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...

Greenpeace report reveals farmers are the most vulnerable to health risks from pesticides

Press release | 12 May, 2015 at 13:37

Exeter/Hamburg, 12 May, 2015 – A review of scientific literature shows clear evidence that exposure to certain pesticides, currently allowed in European fields, is associated with different forms of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases such as...

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...

Greenpeace demands scale up of ecological farming

Press release | 18 May, 2015 at 15:30

Amsterdam, 18 May, 2015 – Ecological farming, a path towards an agricultural model that protects the environment and secures farmers' livelihood, has been mapped out in a Greenpeace report released today [1]. It is a system based on the latest...

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...

I Know Who Grew It

Action | 26 May, 2015 at 1:21

We are in the best position to begin reclaiming our food and we can all do our share. Take action today on www.iknowwhogrewit.org and join the global food movement.

Greenpeace Airship calls for upscale of Ecological Farming in Italy

Video | 4 June, 2015 at 21:20

With a giant Airship flying over Milan, the venue of this year’s Universal Exhibition on food, Greenpeace displayed a 200m2 banner reading “Don’t feed a broken system, make Ecological Farming fly”, to call for a change in our food and farming...

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 Cafe in Brighton

Image gallery | 26 June, 2015

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...

12 Things You Can Do

Background | 26 August, 2015 at 0:06

We literally have the power to change the world. When we tell our families and friends why ecological farming makes sense, we start to heal our bodies and the planet. We can make smarter food choices when we shop, cook or go out to eat. When we...

Problem: Our Food System Is Broken

Topic | 26 August, 2015 at 0:30

Greenpeace is launching a food revolution and we won’t be successful unless you and your friends take part. Our Food and Farming campaign envisions a future built upon “ecological farming.” It’s a future where progressive ecological farmers...

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...

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...

Europe's pesticide addiction threatens our environment - Greenpeace report

Press release | 13 October, 2015 at 10:00

Hamburg/Amsterdam, 13 October 2015 – Industrial agriculture, with its heavy use of chemical pesticides, pollutes our water and soil and leads to loss of habitats and biodiversity, according to a Greenpeace report published today [1]. With almost...

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