‘Watch what you eat – it’s driving elephants, jaguar, bees and bison to extinction’

New book claims modern diets to blame for disappearance of Earth’s species as farmers lobby to use toxic herbicide

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JUST about every meal people eat is contributing to an alarming decline in the world’s wildlife species, experts have warned.

The claim comes in a new book, backed by Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley, that predicts two-thirds of species will be extinct within three years thanks to modern farming.

British farmers are lobbying to be allowed to continue using herbicides suspected of being linked to cancer, but have dismissed concerns that they are contributing to the worldwide crisis. Continue reading

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Biodiversity bunkum: You can’t ‘offset’ nature

IN RUSSIA in the late 1920s, Stalin began his confiscation of peasants’ land to enforce mass collectivisation of farming, in the belief that slicing up land, fencing it off and generally putting the natural world in some sort of order was not only possible but desirable, and that the people didn’t really know what was good for them in terms of ownership.

Now, nearly 100 years later, we have a government in Britain that appears to be thinking along similar lines.

For those in their Westminster towers who think trees are easily replaceable and that living creatures are dispensable, there’s a modest little lesson that needs to be learnt.

Trees take decades to mature, aided by populations of wild birds that learn from instinct and parental habits; together with hedgerows and wildlife, they thrive on interaction and interdependency. The strength of our countryside lies in its very history and finely balanced mix of mutual nurturing. Continue reading