Shoppers at Amsterdam's Ezoplaza today have the pick of more than 700 plastic free products. The store is the first in the world to have an aisle dedicated to non-plastic items. SIAN SUTHERLAND says Britain's supermarkets need to follow suit
Ahead of publication of the Ecologist Guide to Food - the first in a forthcoming series of hard-hitting consumer guides - our regular new blog will be covering all things ethical and culinary, and reporting on stories and issues that there simply wasn't room for in the book...
As a Joseph Rowntree Foundation study concludes that migrant workers in the food sector continue to suffer appalling exploitation, perhaps a UK version of the pioneering 'Food Justice' certification scheme should be considered, says Andrew Wasley
Tackling the unfair buying practices of the big supermarkets is a vital step forward for securing the rights of over a million workers. From fruit to textiles to cut flowers, abuses in the supply chain are rife. Now we must guard against lobbying from the retail giants, says Murray Worthy
An essential in pasta sauces, soups, stews and pizza toppings tinned tomatoes are one of our most popular foods. But many arrive as a result of slave like conditions endured by thousands of migrant workers in Italy. Who should we blame? By Andrew Wasley
Migrant workers are vital for meeting the UK's demand for year-round fruit and vegetables. But despite improvements since the Morecambe Bay tragedy, allegations of poor conditions and abuse in the horticulture sector persist. Andrew Wasley reports
In contrast to the squalid conditions faced by many migrant farm workers, employees of salad producer G's Marketing live in specially-built hostels with a social centre, sports pitches and a bar. Is this the future of industrial horticulture? Andrew Wasley reports
International supply chains leave the horticultural workers harvesting our food in poor countries highly vulnerable to exploitation. Retailers, unions, NGOs and governments must work together to tackle this, says Julia Hawkins
Across Italy an invisible army of migrant workers harvests tomatoes destined for our dinner plates. Paid poverty wages and living in squalor, medical charities have described conditions as 'hell'. Andrew Wasley reports from Basilicata, southern Italy
David Cameron's appointment of a 'shops tsar', the controversial Localism Bill, and increasing opposition to supermarkets and other chain stores could mark a turning point in the struggle to save Britain's high streets
Processed food is becoming a national favourite but canned sandwiches, cheese that stays fresh for years and ready meals high in salt, sugar and fat come with a worrying health and ecological footprint, reports Sarah Lewis-Hammond
The Sustainable Development Commission has been axed, the Food Standards Agency has had its powers stripped and DEFRA appears to be stalling. Where then does this leave planning for a national sustainable food strategy - and healthy eating plan - asks Nick Hughes?
Following the clashes in Bristol outside a newly opened Tesco store, Robin Whitlock investigates how a long-running campaign against the supermarket giant was tarnished by images of violence and destruction
Brazil’s cattle sector has become the largest driver for deforestation globally, overtaking palm oil plantations in Asia. With the UK sourcing 40 per cent of its processed beef from Brazil, campaigners are now calling for a consumer boycott. Chris Pala investigates