Open Letter on Phase Out of Glyphosate

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PAN Europe along with thirty one other signatories of European environmental, health, trade union, consumer protection and medical organisations sent an open letter to EU leaders pointing out the legal considerations of a prolonged reauthorisation of Glyphosate.  Read the full letter here. 

Hammersmith and Fulham Go Pesticide Free!
Following the good news last week that Hammersmith and Fulham (H&F) Council were to begin trialling non-chemical approaches for weed and pest control, the Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) is delighted to announce that H&F have now gone further – they have banned the use of glyphosate throughout the Borough!
PAN UK applauds this bold move in what is the first London Borough to do so, joining Brighton & Hove and other towns throughout the UK who are taking moves to protect their residents from the potentially harmful effects of glyphosate and other toxic pesticides. 
As stated in their press release, this is a precautionary approach and PAN UK fully supports erring on the side of precaution when it comes to protecting the public and the environment in the towns where people live, work and play.
PAN UK hopes that the leadership being shown in H&F, Brighton and other places will result in many more towns across the UK following suit and stopping the use of all pesticides. PAN UK is working with many places to make this happen and if you would like to find out more please visit our pesticide free pages:
Sustainable Cotton Report

A major new report from PAN UK, Solidaridad and WWF shows that the majority of big international cotton-using companies are failing to deliver on cotton sustainability.

The independent report compared big cotton retailers and manufacturers on their sustainable cotton policies and actual uptake and found that just eight companies out of 37 made it out of the red zone

The research, conducted by Rank a Brand, one of Europe’s largest brand-comparison sites on sustainability and corporate social responsibility concluded that only one company - home furnishing giant IKEA - was doing enough to enter the "green zone" by scoring 12 out of a maximum of 19.5 points. C&A (9), H&M (9) and Adidas (7.75) follow in the yellow zone, while Nike (6.75), M&S (5.5), VF Corporation (3.25), and Kering (3) are in the orange zone. Another 29 companies fall in the red zone and appear to do virtually nothing on cotton sustainability.

See the attached report for full details, methodology and recommendations.

Download this file (Cotton Ranking Report - June 2016[2].pdf)Cotton Ranking Report
‘Emergency’ Derogation on Neonicotinoids Declined

Picture of a beePAN-UK welcomes the recent decision by DEFRA to uphold the EU ban of neonicotinoids, due to their link to pollinator decline.

DEFRA rejected a request from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), for permission to use ‘emergency’ applications of neonicotinoids in order to control cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape this spring.  Their request would have undermined a Europe-wide ban on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides that was introduced to assess the effect, if any, on yields and pollinator populations . 

In fact, the data so far shows minimal impact on yields and there have been no major flea beetle outbreaks since the ban came into force.

The decision to continue to protect our pollinators from these debilitating chemicals is good news for the future of British agriculture  Maintaining the ban will allow decisions about the health of our countryside to be based on observation and science rather than propaganda from profit driven industry.

Pesticide-free towns and cities

Our Pesticide Free Towns campaign is launched

Welcome to our campaign to make UK towns and cities pesticide-free. Many of the pesticides used in our urban areas can cause serious illnesses like cancers and birth defects. Children are particularly vulnerable. Hundreds of towns around the world have already gone pesticide-free. It's time for the UK to follow.

Become part of a new movement and join our campaign to persuade UK towns and cities to Go Pesticide-Free!

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