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Phasing Out Highly Hazardous Pesticides in Costa Rica

June 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Stephanie Williamson, Staff Scientist, PAN UK I’ve recently returned from an exciting ten days in Costa Rica, working with our partners at the Regional Institute for Research on Toxic Substances (IRET) at the National University. The aim of my visit was to share findings from our project on Phasing [...]

Pesticide-Free Cotton in Ethiopia

May 31st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Since 2013 we have been working to support cotton farmers in Southern Ethiopia to adopt safer and more sustainable methods of growing pesticide-free cotton. We now have 2000 smallholder farmers achieving average yields over 100% higher than before. An organic cotton producers’ cooperative is selling Grade A organic cotton [...]

Pesticides found in ‘bee-friendly’ plants

May 30th, 2017|Tags: , , |

by Professor Dave Goulson, Sussex UniversityTake a walk around your local garden centre and you will see a mouth-watering range of gorgeous plants on display. You might note that some are specifically labelled as pollinator or bee-friendly, with a picture of a cartoon bumblebee on the label. The Royal Horticultural Society [...]

Pesticide Gains and Losses at the Triple COPs

May 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

by Dr Meriel Watts, Senior Science Advisor of PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) PAN UK recently attended the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions Conferences of Parties (Triple COPs), held in Geneva in May 2017. These conventions are international initiatives attempting to establish basic regulatory measures for pesticides at the global [...]

New Milling Equipment for Organic Cotton Farmers in Benin

April 25th, 2017|Tags: , , |

On Tuesday 28th March 2017, Sheila Willis, PAN UK's Head of International Programmes, travelled with a group from Obepab to the small village of Aliwou in central Benin. The temperature was around 40 C and it had not rained for weeks. Villagers gathered to meet them and although they were already [...]

Is Your Garden Dangerous?

April 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

by Nick Mole, Policy Officer, PAN UK It's National Gardening Week, a time for people to get out in their gardens, enjoy the spring weather and get those ornamental beds looking good in time for summer. But, there are some things that have no place in a garden. You're probably [...]

A Threefold Pesticides Risk We Must Avoid During Brexit

April 5th, 2017|Tags: |

by Vicki Hird, Independent Campaign Strategist and Farming Campaign Coordinator, Sustain With Article 50 triggered and a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill published, we have a slightly better sense of where Britain intends to go in terms of Brexit negotiations and on the transposing, or not, of European laws [...]

PAN UK dismayed by ECHA opinion on Glyphosate

March 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Today’s opinion from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – that glyphosate does not present an unacceptable risk to human health – is not only a huge disappointment, but also a complete abandonment of the precautionary principle.  It puts the health and wellbeing of millions of EU citizens at risk. It [...]

New United Nations Report on Pesticides and Food

February 27th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

A new report from the United Nations has, once again, highlighted the fact that while there is no shortage of international and national legislation, people and the environment are still being failed in terms of protection from hazardous pesticides. Quotes from the report: Hazardous pesticides are in excessive use, inflicting [...]

Bees Need Dandelions. People Need Bees.

February 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

The spring is fast approaching and bees are starting to come out of hibernation, we saw our first this week, and they will be desperate for food. Dandelions are a great source of food for them and they are hugely abundant everywhere, in towns and cities, the countryside, parks, [...]

UK Policy Options to Reduce Environmental Risks from Pesticides

February 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

PAN UK and IEEP have published a new report examining the effectiveness of the UK’s approach to managing pesticide risks and reviewing innovative policy measures used by other countries. The report finds that, between 2000 and 2013, the overall crop area being treated with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides and the [...]

Our Vision for UK Agriculture Outside the EU

February 8th, 2017|Tags: , |

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; [...]

Adverse Health Effects Caused by Paraquat

February 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

A new publication by PUBLIC EYE (Switzerland), PAN ASIA PACIFIC (PANAP) and PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK UK (PAN UK): Adverse health effects caused by paraquat – A bibliography of documented evidence Paraquat is now banned in over 40 countries, including the European Union and Switzerland, Syngenta’s home country, because of its adverse health [...]

More Companies to be Assessed in Second Sustainable Cotton Ranking

January 30th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK, Solidaridad and WWF have released the list of companies that will be assessed in the new round of their Sustainable Cotton Ranking to be published in October 2017. The second edition of the ranking will include major companies from all continents, including from countries such [...]

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