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Our initial reaction to the UK government’s 25 Year Environment Plan

2018-01-16T15:56:24+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

11th January 2018 PAN UK welcomes the government's 25 Year Environment Plan and in particular the commitment to support farmers working hard to protect the environment. However, in terms of pesticides, the plan launched today is unfortunately light on detail and includes no new, concrete commitments. While PAN UK welcomes [...]

Glyphosate: A victory for corporate lobbying, not science

2018-01-14T17:30:04+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Tags: , |

by Josie Cohen, Head of Policy and Campaigns (January 2018)  In November 2017, EU member States narrowly voted for a five-year reauthorisation of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weedkiller. While this is far from the fifteen-year license the agrochemical industry was pushing for, the result was a major disappointment [...]

First certified organic cotton farmers in Ethiopia

2018-01-11T17:36:36+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Project success as 200 Ethiopian farmers become the first to produce certified organic cotton in the country Since 2013, with financial support from TRAID and in collaboration with PAN-Ethiopia, our project in southern Ethiopia has provided training for over 2000 smallholder cotton farmers. Training in our Farmer Field Schools demonstrates [...]

PAN joins 80 NGOs demanding a full ban on neonicotinoids

2017-12-05T12:49:11+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Tags: , , |

In December 2013, the European Commission restricted the use of three highly bee-toxic neonicotinoid insecticides, namely imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. On the 4th anniversary of the partial ban on these substances, new scientific knowledge confirms that these restrictions do not go far enough. Therefore, more than 80 EU NGOs are gathering [...]

Glyphosate renewed for a further five years

2017-11-27T16:16:55+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Tags: |

Update - 27th November - Glyphosate license renewed for a further five years PAN UK is disappointed to report that the controversial weed killer, glyphosate, has been given approval for use in the EU for a further five years. What is even more disappointing is that the new approval comes [...]

Is cotton conquering its chemical addiction?

2017-11-06T16:26:28+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A review of pesticide use in global cotton production - 10th October 2017 A new report published today by PAN UK, with support from the C&A Foundation, investigates the current rate of pesticide use in cotton, and examines its trends and patterns of use. Recent figures on pesticide use [...]

Cotton Ranking Report 2017

2017-10-16T16:34:02+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

A report by PAN UK, Solidaridad and WWF Leading brands improve performance on sustainable cotton but many still fall short Used in hundreds of everyday items, cotton is a vital cash crop for around 100 million households in 80 countries. However, conventional production of cotton is characterised by environmental, [...]

Learning from agroecological research in the UK and India

2017-09-28T10:36:03+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Tags: , |

by Stephanie Williamson, Staff Scientist, PAN UK (26th September 2017) I was delighted to take part in a recent conference organised by the UK-India Agricultural Ecology Initiative and hosted by the British Ecological Society at its HQ in London. The conference brought together a range of mainly British and Indian [...]

Life-changing training in Ethiopia

2017-11-28T07:17:31+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

by Sam Claydon, Communications Officer, PAN UK (19th September 2017) PAN UK is working with partners and colleagues in Ethiopia to teach smallholder cotton farmers how to manage their fields using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods in order to move away from an over-reliance on pesticides. In a lucky turn [...]

The Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign hits Scotland

2017-07-18T10:49:15+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

by Josie Cohen, Head of Policy & Campaigns (18th July 2017) The movement to end the use of pesticides in the UK’s towns and cities enjoyed its first foray into Scotland a few weeks ago. Me and two PAN UK colleagues headed north of the border for a couple of [...]

Phasing Out Highly Hazardous Pesticides in Costa Rica

2017-07-10T16:39:24+00:00 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

2017-11-28T07:18:08+00:00 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

2017-07-10T16:39:46+00:00 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

2017-07-10T16:39:55+00:00 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

2017-11-27T20:19:42+00:00 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?

2017-07-10T16:40:14+00:00 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

2017-07-10T16:40:23+00:00 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

2017-07-10T16:40:42+00:00 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

2017-07-10T16:40:52+00:00 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.

2017-07-10T16:41:00+00:00 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, [...]

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