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Pat Thomas

In the Media

Below is a roundup of the major features on my work and interviews with me – that I know of – available on the web.

This record is more than simply a vanity project. I believe it’s good – maybe even important – to be aware of how the things we do and say represent us in the global community of the internet.

On the web we are ‘on the record’ about who we are, what we say and what we do. And yet so much of what is on the web is the result of what has been called ‘unintentional publishing’ – people spouting off on social network sites or ranting in blogs, believing that self-expression is always some kind of self-contained end in itself.

The fast moving nature of the web and the facility to quickly retract, continuously edit, even substantially rewrite what you have put ‘out there’ lulls many people into believing that how they are represented on the web is largely ethereal and unimportant.

In my more Zen-like moments I agree, but every once in a while we get pulled up sharply and realise that the web isn’t a game. It is a very powerful communications tool and a more or less permanent record of those things we say and do. I try to treat it with respect and that includes some basic accounting of how the things I have said and done travel around the virtual world.


Daily Mail31/8/16

Microbeads Aren’t Just Poisoning the Planet – They Can Wreck your Looks

For more than 20 years, microbeads have been in facial scrubs, face washes, toothpastes and shower gels and sold with the promise of making us feel cleaner and more beautiful. But when these minuscule plastic balls are washed down the plughole into the oceans, they don’t just harm sea life. The tragic irony is that these […]

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Daily Mail25/5/16

Did My Mother Die at 50 Because She Used Talc?

There is a keepsake box at the bottom of Katie Searle-Jones’ wardrobe that she opens when she wants to feel close to her late mother. Inside is a locket containing a portrait of Pamela, a midwife, who died 11 years ago of ovarian cancer, age 50. Also inside that box is a small container of […]

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Natural Products News13/7/15

70% Don’t Trust BBC’s Reporting on GM

Nearly 70% of the public do not trust the independence of experts featured on BBC programmes about GM. That’s the main finding of an open access survey which looked into the impartiality of the BBC when it comes to the reporting of genetically modified food and farming. The survey, set up by the GM campaign […]

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Viridian Blog9/7/15

GM Technology – The Public Do Not Trust the BBC

A new survey reveals that nearly 70% of the public do not trust the independence of experts featured on BBC programmes.  The open survey, which looks into the impartiality of the BBC when it comes to the reporting of genetically modified food and farming, collated results from 1000 people. 667 of these said they did […]

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Farming UK27/4/15

Ten NGOs ask China to Intervene in Global Glyphosate

Ten NGOs based in Europe have delivered an Open Letter to the Chinese Embassy in London, pleading with the Chinese people to take direct action to address the global health crisis associated with the increasing concentrations of glyphosate/Roundup in the food supply. This unusual action, spurred by the recent finding of the WHO Cancer Panel that […]

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Sustainable Pulse25/4/15

EU NGOs Ask China to Intervene in Global Glyphosate Health Crisis

Ten NGOs based in Europe have delivered an Open Letter to the Chinese Embassy in London, pleading with the Chinese people to take direct action to address the global health crisis associated with the increasing concentrations of glyphosate/Roundup in the food supply. Read the article

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GM Watch9/4/15

EFSA GMO Chair Fails to Disclose his Position in Pro-GM Letter

The Independent newspaper concluded its recent pro-GMO series of articles with another piece of misleading hype about the “potential” of GMOs, in the form of a published letter to the editor. The letter scathingly dismissed NGOs’ concerns about the pro-GMO articles as “half-truths”. No surprise there, you might think, except that the GMO promoter who […]

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Independent26/3/15

The Other Side of GM story

Your articles on GM crops have read like advertorials for the industry. It is astonishing that, in featuring Monsanto, you appear to ignore the evidence of the devastating impact of the corporation’s GM herbicide-tolerant crops across North and South America on people and the environment. The use of glyphosate herbicide on Monsanto’s GM maize and […]

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Natural Products News16/1/15

Natural and Organic World Gets Behind People-Friendly GM Free Me campaign

Well-known figures from the natural products world have been getting behind a new initiative that aims to give ordinary people a louder voice in the intensifying debate on GM foods. The GM Free Me initiative takes the form of a ‘visual petition’ where people upload a photo of themselves holding the downloadable GM Free Me […]

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Farming News5/12/14

Departing Trustees Spark Soil Association Spat

Four trustees who recently resigned from Britain’s largest organic group, the Soil Association have claimed the organisation has lost touch with its roots and abandoned the ‘o’ word. The four Trustees resigned following a dispute at the Council’s November meeting over a strategy adopted in 2011 to govern the future direction of the organisation. Food writer […]

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