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Defra myth bust 2: there are only 100 cod left in the North Sea

More clear-cut is this rebuttal of an article in The Sunday Times, which seemed to suggest that cod in the North Sea would soon be a childhood memory.

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Exposing the myths about local food

Food activists claim that ‘local’ food is more sustainable, secure and nutritious. As Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu demonstrate in The Locavore’s Dilemma, local-food promoters couldn’t be more wrong.

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Obesity and climate change: much ado about nothing

A new study on the relationship between human body mass and environmental problems has got a lot of attention. But, ironically, it’s a pretty lightweight study.

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What unites both sides in the Battle of Rothamsted

It’s good that scientists working on GM foods are more prepared to stand up for their work, but progress in this area may be held back by the emphasis on precaution and sustainability that many researchers share with environmentalists.

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If Prince Charles represents the future of food, god help us

A speech given by His Royal Hystericalness in Washington in 2011 has now been turned into a small book - which is getting oodles of praise from the kind of foodie eco-activists who share his fearful, anti-progress outlook.

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Locavores are wrong: when it comes to grub, we should think global

Those who only eat forego importing food from around the world in favour of locally produced food won’t save the planet, become healthier, revive communities or improve food security.

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The truth about bees and pesticides

Two researchers tell spiked that green activists have been a little too keen to blame pesticides for the not-so-great bee die-off.

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GM food: so, what’s holding us back?

An event this week at the London Science Museum’s Dana Centre offered a chance to reflect on where we are with GM technology. There seems even less reason than before effectively to ban GM food in the EU.

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Bt toxins and GM foods

Greens have made a song and dance about a study that finds that Bt toxins can get into our bloodstreams despite the assumption that they could not. But the fuss about it seems utterly cynical.

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A food manifesto: old thinking in new clothes

Carolyn Steel argues that we need to put food at the centre of our lives again. But one of the great developments of the past few decades is finally being liberated from the day-to-day problem of feeding ourselves.

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