Sunday, 27 February 2011

Is more evidence needed?

The Department of Health in the UK recommends people to cut down their meat intake to reduce their risk of bowel cancer. Good news! There has been a long record of evidence for this but rarely has this turned into advice or recommendations - because the Government is scared of the powerful farming lobby. But people's health is important and it's good that they are being told the truth about their diet, even if the recommendations are still too weak. The advice comes from the Scientific Advisory Commission on Nutrition for the government. More here.

Monday, 21 February 2011

UK forests saved!

That was the fastest victory yet! The proposed sell-off in our last post has been 'axed'. The House of Commons speech can be found here. Lots of organisations are celebrating.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Save the UKs forests

Image from the Woodland Trust

The UK coalition government wants to privatise and sell off the public forest, currently managed by the Forestry Commission. There's no knowing what private companies could do - unsustainable logging, blocking public access (many public rights of way have been lost under private ownership of former Forestry Commission land), destroying wildlife habitats etc. It could also result in 30 million trees being cut down.