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Genetically modified (GM) food

GM food is an example of a GMO, a term used to describe a genetically modified organism where its gene pattern has been modified or engineered, either by adding or taking away genes to make it develop differently. Crops can be genetically modified to be resistant to pesticides and herbicides such as glyphosate. GM crops … Continued

Get kids gardening 

Spending time in green spaces and gardens is good for our physical and mental health, and this includes infants and children. Studies have shown that levels of depression and anxiety can be reduced when we spent time in green spaces.   Half term week sees the return of National Children’s Gardening Week, which aims to help … Continued

A spoonful of honey 

There are around 20,000 species of bees in the world pollinate up to 35% of the world’s crop production. They play a vital role in the health of ecosystems and the security of the food chain. Pollen collected by bees makes around 1.8bn tonnes of honey across the world every year. But the widespread use … Continued

Exposure to flame retardants in tents 

If the great outdoors is calling you, you might be thinking about buying a new tent. But before you do, bear in mind that flame retardancy regulations in many countries, including the UK, also apply to tents and outdoor shelters. Flame retardants are widely used in the manufacture of soft furnishings and furniture (it is … Continued

No Mow May 

May sees the return of #NoMowMay a campaign to encourage us to leave the lawnmower in the garden shed throughout May. Its aim is to help the UK rebuild biodiversity of insects such as bees and other pollinators and plant species. According to the Journal Biological Conservation, 97% of British wildflower meadows have disappeared since the 1930s.  … Continued

Sustainable clothing without chemicals

Fashion Revolution Week is an annual campaign that brings together the world’s largest fashion activism movement for seven days of action during April. One of its major activities is the publication of the Transparency index which monitors the fashion industry’s social and environmental policies, practices and impacts, in their operations and supply chain.     But … Continued

A day to celebrate tea 

Tea is the most popular drink in the world after water, and in the UK, we drink 165 million cups a day! That’s 60 billion cups a year. It helps to wake us up and provides a moment in the day to pop the kettle on and take a break.     Friday 21 April is National … Continued

One in six could face infertility 

One in six people may experience infertility at some stage in their lifetime. This is the startling estimate for 2022 from the World Health Organization (WHO) who have just published their global Infertility prevalence estimates 1990-2021.    Drawing from more than 12,000 studies, and using data drawn from 133 eligible studies, 91 data points were … Continued

Easter egg chocolate choices 

Easter weekend is almost here, and it feels like Spring at last. Eggs at Easter time have symbolised new life and rebirth in some faith traditions for centuries, meaning that chocolate eggs are abundant at this time of year. For many it’s a time to enjoy a seasonal treat of an Easter egg, and it’s worth … Continued

Do you take your shoes off indoors? 

Removing your shoes at the door is customary in many homes, and in some cultures it’s seen as a mark of respect to leave your shoes outside. But there might also be some good health reasons to ask anyone coming into your home to remove their shoes first.    Bacteria is carried on the soles … Continued

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