The rise of organic agriculture in Ethiopia

2018-09-24T10:14:27+00:00September 19th, 2018|Tags: , , |

by Selam Yilma, Communications Officer, PAN Ethiopia (19th September 2018) Pesticide Action Nexus Ethiopia (PAN Ethiopia) has taken on the role of implementing the 'information and communication pillar' of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) initiative in Ethiopia. This pillar works to complement the work of other EOA partners through creating increased awareness and knowledge [...]

A day of reckoning for Roundup

2018-08-13T16:32:21+00:00August 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

by Keith Tyrell, Director, PAN UK On Friday, 10th August, a jury in California came to a momentous judgement: it agreed with a school groundsman’s claim that his rare form of cancer was caused by exposure to the herbicide known as Roundup. The case has huge implications for glyphosate – the [...]

Latest resources in agroecology

2018-08-09T16:37:16+00:00August 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

by Dr Stephanie Williamson, Staff Scientist, PAN UK (9th August 2018) Agroecological approaches to farming are receiving increasing attention, both at international policy level and in some countries’ national programmes. PAN UK’s Agroecology web section gives readers a brief description of agroecology. It also provides case studies in coffee, pineapples [...]

Non-agricultural pesticides in the UK

2018-08-30T15:38:36+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Tags: , , , |

by Nick Mole, Policy Officer, PAN UK (2nd August 2018) On 26th April, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released the results of its latest survey into pesticides used in the amenity sector in the UK. This is the second such survey and it looks at use reported in 2016 [...]

Another step towards a pesticide-free London

2018-08-16T09:01:44+00:00August 1st, 2018|Tags: , |

by Josie Cohen, Head of Policy and Campaigns (1st August 2018) On a scorching hot Friday in June, forty decision-makers responsible for managing public spaces around London gathered in Hammersmith for the first ever Pesticide-Free London workshop. Those in attendance included elected councillors and council officers from two-thirds of London [...]

Alternatives to glyphosate in weed management – New edition 11th July 2018

2018-07-12T16:54:59+00:00July 12th, 2018|Tags: , , |

PAN Europe has published an updated edition of its report on alternatives to glyphosate as a contribution to the ongoing discussions among some Member States, led by France, on phasing out glyphosate and promoting alternatives. On the fringe of next week’s gathering of the EU agricultural ministers (Tuesday, 16 July), France will [...]

Working to reduce global suicide by pesticide ingestion

2018-07-11T12:13:01+00:00July 11th, 2018|

by Prof Michael Eddleston and Dr Leah Utyasheva Highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) not only harm our health and environment and pollute our food and water.1 They also cause over 150,000 suicide deaths globally each year. Out of the 800 000 individuals who die from suicide worldwide each year - one death every [...]

A review of pesticide use in global cotton production – New edition 26th June 2018

2018-06-26T11:22:59+00:00June 26th, 2018|

As the Better Cotton Initiative General Assembly opens, PAN UK publishes a revised version of its report on global pesticide use in cotton. The revised report includes new data on the United States Cotton sector’s pesticide use provided by Cotton Incorporated, and includes a reanalysis of official US government data. [...]

Pesticide Regulation: Lessons learned from negotiating an EU-US trade deal

2018-05-14T17:57:10+00:00May 14th, 2018|

In 2015, the Center for International Environmental Law published a report ‘Lowest Common Denominator’ which examined how a proposed EU-US trade deal could weaken European standards of protection from toxic pesticides. The report analyses recommendations from pesticide industry lobby groups – CropLife America (CPA) and the European Crop Protection Association [...]

A win for all pollinators

2018-05-02T16:36:31+00:00April 27th, 2018|

Great result for pollinators as ban on bee-toxic pesticides made permanent Today’s news that the European Commission has extended – and made permanent – the existing ban on three bee-toxic neonicotinoids is warmly welcomed by Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK). After spending more than a decade warning of the [...]

Glyphosate Myth Buster

2018-05-02T16:39:41+00:00March 21st, 2018|Tags: , |

Glyphosate isn’t the only pesticide applied in towns and cities but it is certainly the most widely-used. It is sprayed by local councils and other land managers as a weedkiller in many of our green, urban spaces. Concerned citizens wanting their council (or other land managers) to stop using glyphosate come [...]

PAN UK and Garden Organic working together

2018-05-02T16:41:15+00:00March 20th, 2018|

As the only UK charity focused on tackling the problems caused by pesticides, we are pleased to announce our new working relationship with Garden Organic, the country’s leading organic growing charity. Both organisations actively campaign to promote safe and sustainable alternatives to pesticides. Our combined expertise - whether in organic [...]

One step closer to ban on three bee-toxic pesticides

2018-05-03T10:22:31+00:00February 28th, 2018|

Today (Wednesday 28th February) the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) has published its reviews of the scientific evidence on neonicotinoids and the harm they do to bees. Their reviews of approximately 1000 scientific papers has led them to conclude that the three neonicotinoids - clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam - all [...]

PAN UK’s initial response to government consultation on farming post-Brexit

2018-05-02T16:44:30+00:00February 27th, 2018|

Today (Tuesday 27th February) DEFRA launched a consultation entitled 'Health and Harmony - The future of farming, food and the environment in a green Brexit'. The government has labelled the ten-week consultation period a once-in-a-generation opportunity for farmers, landowners and food producers  to shape the future of English farming and the environment. [...]

Using pesticide policies as a tool for implementing the 25 Year Environment Plan

2018-05-02T16:45:27+00:00February 22nd, 2018|

In January 2018, the UK government launched A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment (hereafter referred to as ‘the Plan’). The Plan lays out a range of goals and policies designed to ‘help the natural world regain and retain health’ and restates the government’s commitment [...]

DowDuPont: A contamination legacy

2018-05-02T16:46:33+00:00February 6th, 2018|

by Colin Toogood, Campaigns Manager at Bhopal Medical Appeal Over the past few years, plans have been afoot for the world’s largest chemical companies to merge into giant, new mega-corporations. Among the markets they seek to control, through these manoeuvres, is the supply of food where sterile crops grown in [...]

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

2018-05-02T16:47:33+00:00January 11th, 2018|

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

2018-05-02T16:48:54+00:00January 10th, 2018|

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

2018-05-02T16:52:21+00:00January 9th, 2018|

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

2018-05-02T16:53:17+00:00December 5th, 2017|

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 [...]

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