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Agroecology threatens the existence of a toxic pesticide industry

2019-05-07T13:08:00+01:00May 7th, 2019|Tags: , |

by Michel Pimbert, Professor of Agroecology and Food Politics at Coventry University Pesticide companies are caught up in a fierce competition for survival. In the current context of global mergers and restructurings, transnational corporations need to continuously increase their sales of synthetic pesticides in every possible corner of the [...]

Conference of the Parties (COP) – May 2019

2019-05-02T14:43:06+01:00May 2nd, 2019|

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the three key international chemical conventions (the Basel Convention, the Rotterdam Convention and Stockholm Convention) is being held this May in Geneva. The theme of the meetings is "Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste". This is an important event [...]

Candidates of major political parties commit to end Brighton & Hove Council’s use of pesticides

2019-04-30T09:39:11+01:00April 25th, 2019|

Brighton & Hove Environment Hustings 2019 Thursday 18th April saw council election candidates from the four main political parties take part in Brighton & Hove’s Environment Hustings, ahead of local elections on 2nd May. Organised jointly by PAN UK and the Brighthelm Centre, the ‘hustings’ - an event during an election [...]

Three small robots and their quest to save the world

2019-04-24T10:56:23+01:00April 24th, 2019|Tags: , , |

by Sam Watson Jones, co-founder of Small Robot Company and fourth generation Shropshire farmer 'Harry' prototype robot with Sam Watson Jones, co-founder of Small Robot Company, Andrew Hoad, Partner & Head of the Leckford Estate, and Joe Allnutt, Head of Robot Awesomeness (credit Geoff Pugh) We’re living on [...]

PAN UK and other environmental groups resign from government and industry pesticide bodies

2019-05-01T15:37:49+01:00April 19th, 2019|

Today, we are announcing our formal resignation from the Pesticides Forum and Voluntary Initiative. These bodies were formed by government and industry to reduce environmental harms from pesticides. However, in the two decades since they were created, the area of land in the UK treated with pesticides has risen by [...]

An organic lawn

2019-04-17T10:07:17+01:00April 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

by Sarah Brown, Growing Advice Editor of Garden Organic It’s all too tempting to think of your lawn as a plain green area. Think instead of a wonderful, natural carpet, composed of thousands of separate plants, with colour, texture and wildlife. The organic lawn can feed birds, insects and soil [...]

Finding a commercially viable alternative to glyphosate in an urban setting

2019-03-27T11:56:39+01:00March 27th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

by Karen Rigby-Faux, Community Liaison Officer, Burleys Burleys, with its Royal Warrant, is a grounds maintenance company that has been in existence for more than 50 years. Burleys’ main clients include local authorities, the police, numerous sports clubs and schools across the South East. These are large contracts which involve maintaining public [...]

Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign gains momentum

2019-03-22T11:54:35+01:00March 22nd, 2019|

The Pesticide-Free Towns movement is gathering pace across the UK as public concern about the use of glyphosate and other pesticides in our parks, playgrounds and streets continues to grow. Not long after the recent news from the London Borough of Croydon, which has ended the use of pesticides in [...]

Managing a city park without pesticides

2019-03-20T08:47:53+01:00March 20th, 2019|Tags: , , |

by Steve Peters, Garden Manager, The Level Park, Brighton The Level Park is situated in the centre of Brighton and is completely pesticide-free. Entrance to The Level Park in Brighton which is managed without the use of pesticides. The park’s complete restoration using Heritage Lottery, Big Lottery Fund [...]

Whalley Rangers love where they live

2019-03-14T15:54:05+01:00March 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

by Hélène Rudlin (with contributions from Emily Hirst), Whalley Rangers There is a strong sense of community in Whalley Range; we love our streets, we care about gardening, and there are always activities taking place that contribute to making our environment an even more pleasant place to live, [...]

Insect identification guide for Ethiopian cotton fields

2019-03-12T14:16:24+01:00March 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

NEW COTTON RESOURCE One of the principles of Integrated Pest Management is to make maximum use of natural pest control services provided by beneficial insects. Farmers are often unaware of these predatory and parasitic insects and may even spray them, not realising that they can help keep pest levels under [...]

Transitioning from EU to UK pesticide regime threatens to undermine standards

2019-02-22T14:30:03+01:00February 22nd, 2019|

by Josie Cohen (Head of Policy and Campaigns) PAN UK continues to work intensely on Brexit to make sure our pesticide standards aren’t weakened as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU. Over the past two weeks, our focus has been on what are called ‘Statutory Instruments’ (SIs). [...]

Pesticides contributing to a sixth mass extinction

2019-02-15T17:22:20+01:00February 15th, 2019|

It’s not the first time we’ve heard about declining insect numbers in recent years, but last week a global scientific study, the first of its kind, shocked even those working in the field to the core. The study – as outlined in an article published in The Guardian - found [...]

A bad week for glyphosate

2019-01-21T16:51:27+01:00January 21st, 2019|

by Josie Cohen (Head of Policy and Campaigns) Today, Monday 21st January (‘Blue Monday’), is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. But the agrochemical company Bayer, the world's largest manufacturer of glyphosate-based products, must be desperately hoping that their worst days of 2019 are already behind them. [...]

Supporting sustainable vegetable farming in Ethiopia

2018-12-10T18:21:43+01:00December 10th, 2018|

Supporting healthy, sustainable and productive smallholder vegetable farming: PAN Ethiopia and PAN UK’s new joint project in the Central Rift Valley Excessive use of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) on vegetable crops grown for the Ethiopian market in the Lake Ziway area threatens the health of farmers and consumers. It also [...]

Beninese organic farmers reaping rewards

2018-12-10T17:38:56+01:00December 10th, 2018|

An update on our work with cotton farmers in Benin (November 2018) The latest results on our project working with cotton farmers in Benin, West Africa, are extremely positive. Working in collaboration with the Benin Organisation for the Promotion of Organic Farming (OPEPAB), and funded by TRAID and the Big Lottery Fund, we have [...]

Croydon Council to end the use of glyphosate in parks and green spaces

2018-12-05T16:21:34+01:00December 5th, 2018|

Croydon Council has given its citizens an early Christmas present by committing to end the use of the controversial weed killer glyphosate in all of it public parks and green spaces. At a full council meeting on Tuesday 3rd December, in answer to a question from Councillor Nina Degrads, Councillor Stuart [...]

34 Years after the Bhopal disaster: we still need a highly hazardous pesticide ban

2018-12-03T11:46:04+01:00December 3rd, 2018|

December 3rd 2018, is the 34th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster when a gas tank exploded in a Union Carbide pesticide factory in India, killing thousands of people. To date, half a million people have suffered from health consequences linked to that disaster. Elderly survivors of the ‪Bhopal disaster [...]

Monsanto resistance continues to build following landmark verdict

2018-11-07T15:58:58+01:00November 7th, 2018|

an insider's perspective by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr Every day for five weeks, I sat in a San Francisco courtroom. I listened as Dewayne “Lee” Johnson described, in excruciating detail, how non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a painful and potentially terminal cancer, robbed him of his health. I watched Monsanto’s lawyers try to [...]

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