Drugs

Intensive pig farm: a ripe environment for infections to spread. Photo: Pig Business - www.bigbusiness.co.uk.

Tax farm antibiotics to fight superbugs

Aidan Hollis
| 14th January 2014
Faced with the rise of antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' we desperately need to curtail the use of antibiotics on farms - and develop new and effective treatments. The answer, says Aidan Hollis, is to make the farmer pay.

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Bob Marley image by Luiz Fernando Reis via Flickr.com.

Legalize ... them!

Jill Richardson
| 13th January 2014
The phony justification for the US's ban on hemp makes even less sense than it did before Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana. Jill Richardson says its high time to legalize them both.

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Green medicine

Can the NHS ever be green?

Delny Britton
| 27th April 2011
Delny Britton investigates the hidden impacts of western mainstream medicine - including pollution from pharmaceutical products, high carbon emissions and adverse drug reactions - and asks whether the healthcare sector can ever be truly sustainable

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The environmental impact of drugs

Nick Kettles
| 19th May 2009
How much rainforest does it take for one celebrity to snort another one under the table? Nick Kettles investigates the devastating environmental impact of cocaine use.

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Drugs on tap

Drugs on tap

John Naish
| 1st May 2009
Taking a pill for a headache may seem like the most natural thing in the world, but prescription drugs are forcing their way into every corner of our lives and environment, says John Naish

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Drugs on tap

John Naish
| 30th April 2009
Britain has a serious and unnecessary drug habit, but the implications of our pill-forevery-ill culture go far beyond the adverse effects on human health. The complex chemicals in modern pharmaceuticals, as well as the manufacturing processes involved, leave a massive industrial footprint on the natural world that is largely ignored by both science and government.

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Behind the label: Smokeless tobacco

Pat Thomas
| 1st October 2008
We get an entertaining selection of press releases each week at the Ecologist. Recently, however, amid claims for the greenest 4x4s ever, vegan-friendly breastmilk ice cream and strip-mining with a heart, one stood out.

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Profitable Pollutants

The Ecologist
| 15th May 2008
It usually takes a major public health crisis to remove profitable toxins completely from marketplace. In the meantime most of us continue to be exposed to a variety of profitable poisons, including:

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The safer cigarette

Devra Davis
| 15th May 2008
What do government and industry do when something is toxic but massively profitable? Most of the time, says Devra Davis, they just invest in better class of PR…

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School Uniformity

Rachel Ragg
| 22nd September 2006
The exuberance of childhood celebrated in books such as Just William is now frowned upon as inappropriate behaviour, resulting in more and more children being prescribed behavioural drugs. Rachel Ragg investigates

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We Are All Addicts

Edward Goldsmith
| 1st September 2006
A 1971 editorial from the ecologist founding editor Edward Goldsmith on how our society is becoming ever more addicted to gimmicks intended to ensure our survival in ever less favourable conditions

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ASBOs vs Nutrition

Pat Thomas
| 1st April 2006
Over 1,000 juvenile delinquents showed a 44 per cent drop in antisocial behaviour when put on a low sugar diet. So why is the government completely ignoring what we are feeding our children, and yet is happy to spend £2,500 on administering each ASBO?

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