You might be surprised at how widely pesticides are used in producing many of your Christmas delights. However, overuse and over-reliance on pesticides causes human misery, harms wildlife and causes environmental destruction.

But there is another way. PAN UK works to replace toxic pesticides with effective, safe and sustainable alternatives. But we need your support to help us continue our vital work.

Pig feed commonly contains GM soya, which is grown using the weedkiller glyphosate which has been linked to cancers and birth defects.


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Chlorpyrifos is widely used in growing cranberries, along with many other fruits, and has been linked to illness for farm workers and mass wildlife deaths.


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One of the main sources of vegetable oil is oil seed rape, a crop grown using neonicotinoid pesticides which have been implicated in the alarming decline of bee populations.


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Coffee farmers use dangerous pesticides to control the coffee berry borer, but there are alternatives. PAN UK is working to help them adopt cheap and effective alternatives to the toxic pesticide endosulfan.


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PAN UK has worked with cotton farmers in Africa to safely grow and market their cashew nuts, along with many other food crops.

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Cotton growing uses highly toxic pesticides which have been linked to debilitating illnesses and death among cotton farming communities. PAN UK has shown there is an alternative.


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Most soap is produced using palm oil, commonly grown using the extremely toxic weedkiller paraquat, which has been linked to several long term health problems among plantation workers.


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For many years sheep farmers in the UK were required to dip their flocks using organophosphate pesticides as a precaution against sheep scab, leading to reports of illnesses among many thousands of farm workers. The fight for recogniton and compensation still continues today.


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Fungicides applied to satsumas, along with other varietries of citrus fruit, after harvesting to stop them rotting, are suspected endocrine disrupters which have been linked long-term damage to unborn children.


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As much as 40% of the food we eat contains pesticide residues, including many items in a traditional Christmas dinner.


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picture of pilot project signA PAN UK project intended to reduce pesticide use and improve the profitability of cotton production for smallholder farmers in the Ethiopian Rift Valley area has shown in only its first year that it is possible, without pesticides, to produce cotton yields that at least match - and often exceed - those achieved by conventional pesticide-based cotton growers. 
What's killing our bees?

Picture of a beePopulations of bees and other pollinators essential to our food supply have been in serious decline in recent years. Among the factors implicated in these declines are pesticides, in particular a new class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.

PAN UK has published a series of information fact sheets on all aspects of pesticides and their effects on bees and other pollinators. 
The fact sheets are available to download from our bees website or we have a general overview of all the information contained in the fact sheets.