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Contents SEPTEMBER 2005 | ISSUE 07 | VOLUME 35
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FEATURES 28 Photo story – Salt caravans of Niger Before the industrial revolution the
legendary camel caravans of the Sahara
numbered as many as 25,000 animals.
Today they are in their hundreds, but those
that remain still follow the same six week
journey’s from the south for the revered rock
salt of the north. By Kate Eshelby.
36 Aspartame COVER STORY: Once on the list of potential
Pentagon bioweapons… associated with
cancer and neurological disorders… banned
for years until a ﬁ rm run by Donald Rumsfeld
lobbied his contacts in Washington to get it
legalised… and probably consumed by you
within the last 24 hours.
50 Life after Aspartame COVER STORY: Like Aspartame, artiﬁ cial
sweetener Sucralose is apparently ‘safe’. So
why is Tate & Lyle so keen to suppress any
criticism of it?
52 A different way of seeing COVER STORY: How come so many twins can
sense what the other one is feeling when
they are many miles apart? Dr Rupert
Sheldrake’s startling theories suggest we are
far more connected to each other, and the
world, than we think.
58 Composting under ﬁ re Do you ﬁ nd separating your rubbish for
composting a chore? Imagine doing it in the
middle of a guerrilla war.
COMMENTS 16 One foot in the Third World COVER STORY: If the US economy carries on
its current decline, it will be a Third World
country by 2024.
18 Who was killed by Cock Robin? Americans don’t want to accept that one of
their most iconic birds might be carrying a
disease that’s killed hundreds of people.
21 With no one on their side They ignore Kyoto but create a new climate
deal. They threaten Iran but strike nuclear
deals with India. What’s the US doing?
22 Farming matters Do children learn more about the world in a
classroom or in a ﬁ eld?
24 On a wing and a prayer COVER STORY: Why is the government so keen
to build more airports when the aviation
industry seems to be in terminal decline?
REGULARS 8 Upfront The affect of adverts on toddlers / Animal
free meat / The UK’s ﬁ rst GM superweed
14 Dr Tatiana’s Sex Advice A praying mantis who keeps biting her lovers’
heads off gets some sound advice.
26 Behind the label: Clearasil deep cleansing 3 in 1 wash There is no known cure for acne. So why do
we spend millions on a product ﬁ lled with
allergens and two known carcinogens?
65 Reviews Ecological Intelligence / The story of CND / Ry
Cooder’s new album / Websites of the month.
98 Reverend Billy The media love to crow about how Britain
has ‘carried on as normal’ since the bombing.
What’s so normal about how we live today?
green pages Your 32-page guide to ethical living
BOILING POINTLESS How to kill a crab and lobster humanely
DOMAINE LAGUERRE Wild fennel protected, Gravity pressed, Biodynamic wine from Perpignan
ESSENTIAL DIRECTORY More than 200 ethical organisations
SAVE OUR SHEEP… insulate your loft with British wool
Mitch Tonks feasts on nature’s viagra
Made from hemp and recycled tyres by workers paid a decent wage… Is this the most ethical shoe in the world?
GREEN PAGES Our indispensable 32-page guide to ethical living
70 September in season… fruit and veg; wild ﬂ owers 72 Seasonal recipes with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and River Cottage chef Gill Meller 72 Fruit & Veg Dorset Blue Vinny and Chilli Conﬁ t, Tomato and Basil ice cream 74 Meat Beef Liver with slow cooked shallots and pork belly, and win the chance to learn how to correctly butcher a pig 76 Wine The joys of an organic vineyard in the fennel-covered hills of southern France 79 Fish inspiring oyster recipes 80 Humane ways of killing lobsters and crabs 81 Fashion Is the ‘Unswoosher’ the World’s most ethical shoe? 84 Home Sheep – the latest weapon against global warming 90 Directory Our essential listings of ethical suppliers 90 Baby / Career & Recruiting / Drink / Fish 91 Fruit & Veg box schemes 93 Fashion / Funerals / Gardens 94 Health / Beauty / Holidays 95 Home / Mail Order 96 Ofﬁ ce / Personals / Personal Finance / Personal Transport 97 Property / Recycling Services / Volunteering
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