PAN UK's groundbreaking cotton project in Benin is showcased in the Guardian magazine
Picture of cotton farmerPAN UK's organic cotton programme has transformed the lives of thousands of small holder cotton farmers in Benin, west Africa, allowing them to escape the ill-health and poverty caused by the pesticides used in conventional cotton farming.

The benefits of this programme were showcased by the Guardian newspaper, in it's magazine on Saturday 9 August.

Nearly two-thirds of the bread you eat contains pesticides residues
Picture of breadA report released today by PAN UK in conjunction with the Organic. Naturally Different campaign, reveals that nearly two-thirds (61.5%) of bread products tested by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) between 2000 and 2013, were contaminated with pesticides residues.
PAN UK Project: A new approach to tackling pesticide dependency and improving livelihoods in Africa

Farmer trainingPAN UK has launched a project to bring a safe and effective new approach to pest management to Ethiopian smallholder farmers which uses beneficial insects to replace hazardous chemical pesticides and improve the profitability of cotton production. 

PAN UK Project: Benin Cotton Trade – building an environmentally friendly route to poverty reduction

Picture of Benin cotton farmers

PAN UK has launched a one year project, funded by TRAID, to help small scale cotton farmers in the Djidja, Setto and Sinendé regions of Benin in West Africa to reap the economic, health and environmental benefits of sustainable organic cotton production. This project extends PAN UK's existing four year programme which has already transformed the livelihoods of 1700 smallholder cotton farmers in Benin. 

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.