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

2018-05-14T17:57:10+00:00 May 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+00:00 April 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 [...]

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

2018-05-02T16:44:30+00:00 February 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+00:00 February 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 [...]

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

2018-05-02T16:47:33+00:00 January 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 renewed for a further five years

2018-05-02T16:56:32+00:00 October 24th, 2017|

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 [...]

A Threefold Pesticides Risk We Must Avoid During Brexit

2018-05-03T09:32:35+00:00 April 5th, 2017|

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 [...]

UK Policy Options to Reduce Environmental Risks from Pesticides

2018-05-03T09:39:58+00:00 February 20th, 2017|

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

2018-05-03T09:41:40+00:00 February 8th, 2017|

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; [...]