Seven things you can do in the next two weeks to protect pesticide rules
This election offers the people of the UK a golden opportunity to alert all prospective MPs to public concerns about the ways pesticides are used and regulated in the UK. There is a very real risk that, once we leave the EU, pesticide rules could be watered down and weakened. Now is the perfect time for YOU to tell your future MPs that you want protection from pesticide pollution.
1. Click here to send a letter to your current MP asking them to ensure that there is no weakening of pesticide regulations post-Brexit.
2. Contact all of the candidates in your constituency and let them know that protection from pesticide pollution is of vital importance to you. Ask what your local candidate intends to do about the use of pesticides in parks, playgrounds, schools and streets, and whether they will fight to keep strong pesticide rules once we leave the EU. Find out more about our pesticide-free towns campaign.
3. Write a letter to your local newspaper outlining why pesticides, and assurances that there will be no weakening of pesticide regulation post-Brexit, are an important issue for you in this election – read PAN UK’s suggested policy options.
4. Attend local hustings and ask candidates about their position on pesticide regulation
5. Talk to canvassers about the issues that are of concern to you – pesticides!
6. Please do let PAN UK know what responses you receive from candidates – email us.
7. Encourage friends, family and colleagues to join you in taking the above actions. Post on social media and tag us on Facebook @PesticideActionNetworkUK and Twitter @PAN_UK
Act on Pesticides
Don’t let Brexit mean more dangerous pesticides in our food and environment
Following the vote for the UK to leave the EU (Brexit), the government will reassess the rules that govern the use of pesticides in agriculture, amenity and homes and gardens. This could be an opportunity for the UK to take the lead in pesticide legislation by ensuring that the most rigorous, precautionary regulations are put in place to protect us from the potential harm that pesticides can do.
The vocal pro-pesticide lobby would like to see the current legislation and the protection it offers significantly reduced. If they succeed, this could result in:
Greater exposure to pesticides that are linked to cancer, reproductive problems and hormone disruption;
Higher levels of pesticide residues allowed in the food that we eat;
Increased use of pesticides that are highly toxic to bees and other pollinator species.
New European controls on the probable carcinogen glyphosate and bee-toxic neonicotinoids are also under attack.
This can’t happen and we need your help!