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

2018-02-27T11:54:44+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

2018-02-22T16:03:42+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 [...]

DowDuPont: A contamination legacy

2018-02-06T11:07:25+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

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

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Adverse Health Effects Caused by Paraquat

2017-07-10T16:41:23+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

A new publication by PUBLIC EYE (Switzerland), PAN ASIA PACIFIC (PANAP) and PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK UK (PAN UK): Adverse health effects caused by paraquat – A bibliography of documented evidence Paraquat is now banned in over 40 countries, including the European Union and Switzerland, Syngenta’s home country, because of its adverse health [...]