Insights from Western European Mothers
The accompanying reports combine a review of existing literature with an analysis of original quantitative data derived from a poll of 9,582 mothers from 12 countries in Western Europe, making it one of the largest studies of this kind ever conducted
An analysis of the latest available data from the Health Survey for England (HSE)
In this ‘National Childhood Obesity Week’, the SIRC report, Children, obesity and heath: Recent trends, holds up a true mirror, accurately reflecting the trend towards slimmer, healthier children. more
An examination of the role of Freemasonry in the 21st century
This report is, as far as we know, an account of the first ever study that has been commissioned by Freemasons from a non-Masonic body. None of the SIRC members involved in the project are Freemasons, a fact that evoked surprise and welcome in equal measure from the Lodge members we met. more
Insights from three generations of mothers
The report seeks to answer some specific questions about the changing face of motherhood and determine the extent to which modern ‘solutions’ to motherhood are more or less beneficial than the solutions of the past. more
Expressing sense on GM
In the Express 17/12/99, Mo Mowlam re-introduces a welcome element of reason into the GM debate, with an article arguing for open minds, informed debate and scientific research.
As the new Government Coordinator on GM Foods, it is pleasing to know that she is aware of some of the potential benefits of GM, although it is surprising to find that her priorities, which she declares are the same as the readers', include no reference to the Third World.
While most Express readers are undoubtedly as concerned as she is about "the safety of my family and protecting the environment", some of us are also interested in less parochial issues, such as famine, disease and poverty in other parts of the world, which could be alleviated by, for example, drought-resistant, pest-resistant and vitamin-enriched crops.
Despite this caveat, the Express and Dr Mowlam are to be congratulated on this unusually calm and balanced article.