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The fennel flower

Nigella sativa -- more commonly known as fennel flower -- has been used as a cure-all remedy for over a thousand years. It treats everything from vomiting to fevers to skin diseases, and has been widely available in impoverished communities across the Middle East and Asia. But now Nestlé is claiming to own it, and filing ...

Monsanto obscenity

Friends, In an obscene development, a Monsanto executive is winning this year's  'Nobel Prize of agriculture' -- the prestigious World Food Prize -- for creating GMOs. Receiving it legitimizes the sort of rampant genetic modification Monsanto pioneered, and helps validate a ruthless business model that impoverishes farmers and monopolizes our food. If that wasn't baffling enough, ...

joint statement on new EU seed legislation


Invasive Species Ireland

This website acts as a gateway to Invasive Species Ireland. From here, users will be able to find information on a range of species, policy related to individual species or groups of species, and action plans to deal with species that threaten the biodiversity and economies of Ireland.

Biodiversity and genetic modification

Biodiversity Biodiversity is the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem, biome, or for the entire Earth. Biodiversity is often used as a measure of the health of biological systems. The biodiversity found on Earth today consists of many millions of distinct biological species, which is the product of nearly 3.5 billion years of evolution. Agriculture The ...

Pat Malone – A member of the ‘land use’ group, talks about his involvement in the first eco village in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary (recorded on 25th May 2008 – Biodiversity show day):

Basically, I’ve been a commercial grower myself and have spent ten years battling with hybrid varieties, trying to make sense of growing food and the battle of producing food. Irish Seed Savers have opened my eyes.  They are here collecting all these varieties. Why would they bother their hat? How long does it take to prove ...

Food to sustain us

Biodiversity Biodiversity as a theme has gained much wider currency in recent years, being the new buzz-word for those interested in protecting our environment. Farmers can tap into this movement through the REPS scheme which encourages and rewards them for helping to increase the natural biodiversity on their land, for instance by replanting hedgerows with ...

Food Security-by Frank Bouchier, ISSA Garden Manager (1999)

An old farmer came in to collect his seeds. While I was there he bought some other packets of seed, hardy things like kale and cabbage and swedes, crops that do well in this climate. Seeing the volume of seeds I asked him if he was a keen gardener, "Not really", he said, " I ...

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