Glyphosate. Weed killer. Probable carcinogen. The active ingredient found in widespread products. You may even have some in your garden shed. It is found in most herbicide products in the UK (including Roundup) and accounts for a quarter of global herbicide sales. In a game changing ruling yesterday, agro-chemical company Monsanto have been ordered to … Continue reading The Round Up On Glyphosate
Last week I visited Geneva and I wasn't sure what to expect at first, having booked a college trip for my students almost exclusively to visit CERN (although there's plenty to see and do). It is a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan place, with four official languages and the home of some of the world's biggest … Continue reading Friendly Green City
Palm oil has been back in the news recently, specifically Iceland (the supermarket not the country) banning its use. This has proven a very difficult one for me to reconcile, I feel very strongly about the situation, which is not as clear-cut (excuse the pun) as it might seem. On one hand I completely see … Continue reading Ditching Unsustainable Palm Oil: Should We Avoid It Altogether?
Despite how the title might seem, I don't actually like the term "greenwash". There are various levels of green-washing (a superficial or insincere display of concern for the environment that is shown by an organization) from exaggeration to the downright nefarious. Plus I'm a glass half-full kind of person and without a doubt most companies … Continue reading Greenwash Here, Greenwash There, Greenwash Greenwash Everywhere
Palm oil... you've probably all heard of it, that magic, odourless, vegetable oil that we use in, well... pretty much everything. Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) cultivation often results in large swathes of land being deforested for plantations, resulting in habitat destruction and displacement of both animals and people. The poster-child for palm oil related … Continue reading Ditching Unsustainable Palm Oil: The Treat Lover’s Challenge