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

2018-02-22T16:03:42+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

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

2018-02-22T15:48:50+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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]