PAN UK launches a new online shop with a range of beautifully designed garments and accessories, made to last from sustainable sourced organic cotton.
We have teamed up with the people at teemill who produce all the products for us in wind and solar powered factories and take care of delivery and orders, leaving us free to get on with our work of reducing pesticide use worldwide.
A hefty percentage from each sale goes straight to us, so now you can support PAN UK, spread the word about the issues we work on and look good doing it!
To celebrate the International Day of No Pesticide Use on the 3rd of December, PAN UK is launching the latest in its 'Bee Fact Sheet' series, highlighting issues around pesticide use and bees. This latest edition is concerned with the persistance of neonicotinoids in the environment and also coincides with the three year anniversay, on the 1st of December, of the temporary ban on thier use in the EU.
This week also saw the launch of the new British Bee Coalition website and a letter sent to the UK Government by 18 leading conservation organisations calling on them to maintain and extend the current EU ban on the use of bee toxic neonicotinoids.
In a timely reminder of why neonicotinoids are such a threat to bees, PAN UK has published its ninth Bee Factsheet. This latest addition to the series, focuses on the persistence of neonicotinoid insecticides in the environment and examines the harm that they are having on a number of different organisms - including bees.
An immensely important decision from the EU Court of Justice that will make it easier to access information on pesticides and their effects has been announced today.
Following the dogged work of our colleagues in PAN Europe, and other organisations, the EU Court of Justice has today announced that information about pesticides, their ingredients and their effects on the environment can no longer be hidden behind commercial confidentiality clauses and instead will have to be made available to those requesting it. The Court ruled that the use of pesticides falls under the definition of emissions to the environment and should be subject to the same provisions as any other emission to the environment as laid out in the Aarhus Convention.
"When a person requests access to environmental documents, the concept of ‘information on emissions into the environment’ covers, inter alia, information concerning the nature and effects of the release of a pesticide into air, water or soil, or onto plants
The confidentiality of commercial and industrial information may not be invoked to preclude the disclosure of such information"
This ruling will, we hope, allow greater access to information and transparency about the effects of pesticides and allow for far more thorough independent scrutiny of the ways in which people and the environment are exposed to, and affected by, them.
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