PAN UK is inviting Councillors and Council Officers from across the country to attend a Pesticide-Free Towns Conference in Brighton on the 18th of November. We will be delivering a program of informative presentations on the technical, economic and scientific aspects of amenity pesticide use, sharing experiences from case studies across the UK and Europe and providing detailed information about alternatives. The conference has been designed to support councils to go going pesticide-free in their local community and to make the transition as easy as possible.
The conference will host a range of speakers covering topics including:
Human health effects of pesticides
Environmental effects of pesticides
Case studies of other towns that have gone pesticide-free
Information on alternatives and cost implications
The advantages of going pesticide free for the council and for the community
To secure your FREE place at the conference, please contact Natasha on 01273964230 or via email at
In this “state of the science” review, PAN International presents a huge body of research documenting the adverse human health and environmental impacts of glyphosate and glyphosate-based products underscoring the need for a global phase-out. The monograph, on the world’s most widely used herbicide, commonly known by its original trade name Roundup, should serve as a wake up call for regulators, governments and users around the world.
Adverse human impacts detailed in the review include acute poisoning, kidney and liver damage, imbalances in the intestinal microbiome and intestinal functioning, cancer, genotoxicity, endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental reduction, neurological damage, and immune system dysfunction.
Aggressive public relations and marketing by glyphosate’s developer, Monsanto, has resulted in the widespread perception that the chemical is ‘safe’. Registration processes continue to allow its use without raising concerns about its safety even as new data identifying adverse effects emerge.
This review dispels this myth of ‘safety’ and highlights the urgent need to re-examine the authorization of products containing glyphosate. A full chemical profile is presented, along with the regulatory status of products containing glyphosate in many countries and information on viable alternatives.
PAN-UK has launched it's new trainers' guide to using the Food Spray Method in cotton IPM systems.The food spray method is essentially a formula made from locally available natural ingredients which is sprayed onto crops to attract and retain beneficial insects that prey on pest species that can negatively impact crop yields. This, when used as part of an Integrated Pest Management system, helps farmers grow more cotton, more profitably without the use of expensive and harmful pesticides.
The manual has been developed from research conducted through PAN-UK supported projects in both Benin and Ethiopia.
Ten years ago, PAN UK began working with IPM expert Robert Mensah to develop a food spray, using cheap and locally available materials, to enhance populations of beneficial insects in smallholder cotton fields in Africa. Building on his pioneering work in Australia, and working closely with Davo Vodouhe and his team at OBEPAB in Benin, Robert conducted field trials and experiments in farmer’s fields to come up with a product that not only worked, but that farmers were comfortable using.
Brexit has major implications for UK agriculture. PAN UK is calling on the government to take this opportunity to create a new agricultural system that works for farmers and the environment by replacing the flawed common agricultural policy with a new system that rewards farmers for looking after our environment; gives smaller farmers a greater share of the subsidies; and supports organic agriculture. Brexit should not be an excuse to roll back environmental protection, in fact we should do more to boost biodiversity and cut pesticide use.
The UK’s decision to leave the EU has big implications for British agriculture as the UK agricultural sector is heavily influenced by EU policy. Not only is it subject to EU laws – including the Habitats, Water Framework, and Sustainable Use [of pesticides] Directives – but it is also dependent on the convoluted and flawed subsidy regime that is the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Unraveling this package is fraught with risks, but it also presents a unique opportunity to shape UK agriculture for a generation to come.
One of the key issues will be how any changes to the current regulations on pesticides are adapted. Defra has stated that “the UK government will also be reviewing pesticide rules as part of the preparation for EU exit.” It is vital that there is no weakening of existing regulations that are currently in place and that the UK develops a robust, sustainable pesticide regulatory system that ensures the most hazardous pesticides are taken out of use and that there is an overall goal of reducing significantly the use of all pesticide throughout UK agriculture.
Read our five-point plan (below) for a more sustainable UK farming sector below.
PAN UK's Policy Officer, Nick Mole, has provided an up to date list of the status of all the places around the world that are in the process of banning Glyphosate. It is possible to go pesticide free in our towns and cities. Check out the list to see who is leading the way. This list is not comprehensive however so if you have any additional information please contact us at
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!