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8 Small Steps to a Big Organic Christmas

Hayley Coristine: With holiday music filling the airwaves and twinkling Santas lighting up the city streets, it’s hard to ignore the warm fuzzy feeling that bubbles up before Christmas. At the same time, while many of us try to avoid needless buying for the rest of the year, this season can sometimes feel like a bit of a moral dilemma. Let’s face it: when your kid is pushing for the sleek sophistication of the latest in touchscreen technology, a pair of argyle socks just isn’t going to cut it. To help subdue your internal conflict, here are eight tips to celebrate an ethical, environmentally-friendly Christmas that doesn’t cost the earth.

27 November 2014 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 2

Climate-smart agriculture or corporate greenwash?

Rob Percival: It was the sound of 500,000 alarm bells ringing in unison. On Sunday, half a million people from 166 countries took to the streets to demand action from world leaders as they gathered in New York for the UN Climate Summit. The ‘People’s Climate March’, as it was dubbed, was marked by a sense of urgency. Climate disruptions are already being felt; our carbon budget is almost spent. Climate change is not a problem for future generations, for tomorrow, for 2050. But for today.

24 September 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 3

Are we facing a less nutritious future?

Rob Percival: Carbon dioxide is present in the atmosphere today in a concentration that has not been seen since sabre-toothed cats and mastodons roamed a planet on which humans had never set foot - it was three million years ago and we had not yet evolved. In recent years we have poured huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We know that rising global temperatures are the result. But a study published last week revealed that increased levels of carbon dioxide will also make some of the world's most important foods less nutritious - and this has significant implications for millions of people.

12 May 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 15

Forty nine giga tonnes of carbon dioxide per year – sounds quite a lot to me

Rob Haward: Conversion of all of the world’s agricultural land to organic could reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 49 giga tonnes/year, delaying climate change by 4 to 5 years. The research presented by Urs Niggli at the conference, a professor at one of Europe’s leading research organisations, showed that in a 16 year trial organic farming offered the potential to sequester 2.4 tonnes of CO2e per year more carbon than an equivalent non organic farm. The benefits were most marked in horticultural holdings but were demonstrable in every farm type.

09 February 2011 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 4

A new age of organic Golden Promise?

Rob Haward: It was January 1999 when I had my first Soil Association conference experience. It was a little like being initiated in to a strange but compelling cult –‘Golden Promise’ fuelled revelry* shared with a colourful array of characters, bound by a passion for a better way to care for the land and produce our food. Twelve years on, as I contemplate 2 days in Manchester, much has changed.

08 February 2011 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 6

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