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!

 
PAN and IUF Call on European Leaders to Ban Glyphosate.

picture of EU flagFive members of the PAN family, along with IUF (The International Union of Farm Workers), have just written to EU leaders asking them to ban the use of glyphosate in Europe and reminding them that two thirds of EU citizens feel the same.  Mounting scientific evidence is pointing to the toxicity of glyphosate to the environment and to humans, including links to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma among others. Later this month the EU will vote on the future of glyphosate use in Europe for the next 15 years, so it is an imperative time.You can read the full Letter below and follow the progression of the descison here.  

 
Has Bristol non-herbicide weed control trial been designed to fail?
Recent reports in the press referring to the current herbicide-free weed control trial in the Cotham area of Bristol have claimed that the “whole city stinks of vinegar” and that residents are unhappy about this. These reports have completely ignored the significance of this trial and instead tried to undermine the very good intentions behind it, instead resorting to sensationalist reporting of what is a very important issue not only for Bristol but for the UK as a whole.

However, in one respect, the articles are correct: the trial is a farce, and will fail to provide any insight into how to manage weeds without pesticides.
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Retailers must buy more sustainable cotton say NGOs
 

The uptake of sustainable cotton by brands and retailers is lagging behind production and threatening the future of the sustainable cotton market according to new research commissioned by PAN UK, Solidaridad and WWF. A range of initiatives have worked hard to increase the supply of more sustainable cotton, but retailers are not keeping up - many still have no targets to source more ethical cotton.
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PAN and IUF join foces to block glyphosate re-authorisation

PAN and the International Union of Farmworkers (IUF) have launched a joint campaign calling on the European Commission not to renew the licence for the herbicide glyphosate - the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and the world's most widely-used weedkiller. Renewed authorization is being pushed through despite the United Nations' World Health Organization warning last year that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic and mounting evidence of pervasive glyphosate residues in our food and our bodies. The IUF and PAN International are calling on concerned citizens to send messages to the European Commission and its relevant bodies urging them to ban glyphosate in the EU and to provide comprehensive support for a safer, saner food system which does not put agricultural workers in the front lines of exposure and inject massive quantities of toxic chemicals into the environment.  CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE
 
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