Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, the most commonly used herbicide in the world. Photograph: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

The first study of exposure in adults to glyphosate, the most commonly used pesticide in Ireland, has found the general population is subjected to “lo(...)

Frozen chips have become popular with those who don’t have time to make their own. Photograph: iStock

Oven chips are surprisingly easy to make. Just cut up a few potatoes, sprinkle with oil, salt and maybe a few spices or herbs and put them in the oven(...)

Although cows at grass have better welfare than those housed indoors, Prof Daniel Weary warns against assuming that once cows are outside all welfare issues are resolved. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As marketing goes, having Beyonce and Jay Z on your side is the stuff of dreams. To the delight of vegans, the pair took to social media recently to p(...)

Additives – concerns have been raised in recent years about potential ill-effects on cardiovascular health following two studies

Rashers have got such a bad rap lately, you might wonder if it is even worth reading the packet when you buy them. But it is. Scrutinise the list of i(...)

Can exposure to plastics harm your health? It’s a question currently being explored by researchers after a recent study suggested that traces of a syn(...)

The European Food Safety Authority is reviewing the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and their potential impacts on pollinators such as bees. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is prepared to back an EU prohibition on bee-harming pesticides. The State has indicated it is willing to do this if the European Food Safety(...)

In order to stay healthy for longer and in turn add more years to our lives, it is important to ensure that we look after our health long into our golden years. Photograph: Getty

We have all heard that 60 is the new 40 and if official figures are to be believed, this certainly seems to be coming true. In the 2006 Cen(...)

Guilty pleasure: The FSAI received almost 750 complaints about suspected food poisoning in 2016

Many of us associate food poisoning with eating shellfish in dodgy restaurants in foreign holiday resorts or eating undercooked chicken or pork at a s(...)

Paper nautilus: a glossy white fan of a shell, so fragile that the sun infused it, gleaming through every tight fold. Illustration: Michael Viney

Once, walking the tideline on my first Greek island, I came upon a most beautiful oceanic artefact. It covered the palm of my hand and there weighed a(...)

Bracken: a single plant can eventually spread to fill a whole field. Illustration: Michael Viney Bracken: a single plant can eventually spread to fill a whole field – and it is very hard to get rid of. Illustration: Michael Viney

Clasping the stem firmly with both hands, I tug up fronds of bracken shoot by shoot. The last, buried inches leave the ground so sweetly that it shoul(...)

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