UNWANTED PRESENTS AT CHRISTMAS PDF Print E-mail
You might be surprised at how widely pesticides are used in producing many of your Christmas delights. However, overuse and over-reliance on pesticides causes human misery, harms wildlife and causes environmental destruction.

But there is another way. PAN UK works to replace toxic pesticides with effective, safe and sustainable alternatives. But we need your support to help us continue our vital work.


Pig feed commonly contains GM soya, which is grown using the weedkiller glyphosate which has been linked to cancers and birth defects.

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Chlorpyrifos is widely used in growing cranberries, along with many other fruits, and has been linked to illness for farm workers and mass wildlife deaths.

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One of the main sources of vegetable oil is oil seed rape, a crop grown using neonicotinoid pesticides which have been implicated in the alarming decline of bee populations.

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Coffee farmers use dangerous pesticides to control the coffee berry borer, but there are alternatives. PAN UK is working to help them adopt cheap and effective alternatives to the toxic pesticide endosulfan.

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PAN UK has worked with cotton farmers in Africa to safely grow and market their cashew nuts, along with many other food crops.
 
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Cotton growing uses highly toxic pesticides which have been linked to debilitating illnesses and death among cotton farming communities. PAN UK has shown there is an alternative.

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Most soap is produced using palm oil, commonly grown using the extremely toxic weedkiller paraquat, which has been linked to several long term health problems among plantation workers.

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For many years sheep farmers in the UK were required to dip their flocks using organophosphate pesticides as a precaution against sheep scab, leading to reports of illnesses among many thousands of farm workers. The fight for recogniton and compensation still continues today.

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Fungicides applied to satsumas, along with other varietries of citrus fruit, after harvesting to stop them rotting, are suspected endocrine disrupters which have been linked long-term damage to unborn children.

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As much as 40% of the food we eat contains pesticide residues, including many items in a traditional Christmas dinner.

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PAN UK Supports call for public inquiry into sheep dip poisonings PDF Print E-mail
The Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) welcomes today’s call from Shadow Secretary of Health Andy Burnham for a public inquiry into the issue of organphosphate (OP) sheep dip poisoning suffered by sheep farmers and their families.
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On first anniversary of bee-harming pesticides restriction, more action is needed to protect UK bees PDF Print E-mail
Monday 1st December is the first anniversary of the two-year EU-wide restrictions on certain neonicotinoid pesticides. While the restriction was an important first step, it is clear that further action is needed to protect UK pollinators by giving precedence to scientific facts. One year on, the Bee Coalition is calling for a blanket ban on all neonicotinoid pesticides.

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New National Pollinator Strategy – A welcome approach but too weak on pesticides PDF Print E-mail
The long awaited National Pollinator Strategy is released today by Defra Minister Liz Truss to eager anticipation amongst all those concerned with the plight of pollinators in the UK. And whilst PAN UK broadly welcomes the Strategy, we believe there are key areas where it is weak, particularly in regard to pesticides, and is a missed opportunity for decisive action on this front.
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Pesticides News - subscribe to our regular eNewsletter PDF Print E-mail
PAN UK has relaunched Pesticides News as a regular electronic publication, delivered ten times a year by subscriber email.

Download the latest Pesticides News here, and subscribe to receive it by email.
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PAN UK's groundbreaking cotton project in Benin is showcased in the Guardian magazine PDF Print E-mail
Picture of cotton farmerPAN UK's organic cotton programme has transformed the lives of thousands of small holder cotton farmers in Benin, west Africa, allowing them to escape the ill-health and poverty caused by the pesticides used in conventional cotton farming.

The benefits of this programme were showcased by the Guardian newspaper, in it's magazine on Saturday 9 August.

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Bee Coalition welcomes MPs’ report examining weak National Pollinator Strategy PDF Print E-mail
Members of the Bee Coalition today welcome the report by MPs on the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) into the Government’s draft National Pollinator Strategy (NPS) which is especially critical of the Government inaction on pesticides increasingly linked to bee and pollinator decline.

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Bees Needs - Bee Coalition welcomes Government’s public ‘Call to Action’ PDF Print E-mail
Picture of honeycombMembers of the Bee Coalition today welcome the Government’s public ‘Call to Action’ to help reverse the decline of bees and other pollinating insects by helping meet their needs for food and a home. The call comes ahead of the Government launching its final National Pollinator Strategy in autumn this year.
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Nearly two-thirds of the bread you eat contains pesticides residues PDF Print E-mail
Picture of breadA report released today by PAN UK in conjunction with the Organic. Naturally Different campaign, reveals that nearly two-thirds (61.5%) of bread products tested by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) between 2000 and 2013, were contaminated with pesticides residues.
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Bee Coalition welcomes new opportunities for bees with reshuffle PDF Print E-mail
Members of The Bee Coalition today appeal to the new Environment Secretary, Liz Truss MP to step up efforts to address pollinator issues.
 
On Tuesday 15th July, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Liz Truss MP  will take over as Environment Secretary after the sacking of Owen Paterson.
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Govt must uphold ban on bee-toxic pesticides PDF Print E-mail
Ministers must stand up to intense lobbying from the pesticide industry by refusing to allow a banned bee-harming pesticide to be used on Britain’s crops, a coalition of organisations said in a letter to David Cameron today (Tuesday 1 July).
 
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Global Review of Pesticides shows extent of threat from neonicotinoids PDF Print E-mail
A new report released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) confirms harm to bees from neonicotinoid insecticides and suggests the risks may be far broader.

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Free tickets to Love Natural Love Organic – thanks to the PAN UK! PDF Print E-mail


Love Natural Love Organic
is a brand new, three day extravaganza, taking place on 4-6 July 2014 at London’s Olympia and you can attend for FREE, thanks to PAN UK!
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Call to Action To Make The Planet A Safer Place PDF Print E-mail
On World Environment Day, Pesticide Action Network International (PAN) calls on citizens and governments to take action on highly toxic pesticides and make the planet a safer place. PAN has released an updated list of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) to call the attention to these dangerous chemicals. 
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PAN UK publishes its 2013 Annual Review PDF Print E-mail
photo of Annual Review2013 has been a notable year for PAN UK, with the pesticide threat to bees featuring in headline news across national news media; while we also promoted consumer awareness of pesticides in food; continued our internationally recognised work in Africa to clear obsolete and highly hazardous pesticides, and trained small-holder cotton farmers in profitable organic cultivation; while also providing technical and
scientific expertise to other organisations working to end the use of highly hazardous chemical pesticides. Read about it all in our Annual Review 2013.
 
PAN UK has moved to new offices PDF Print E-mail
photo of the Brighthelm CentrePAN UK has moved to new offices in Brighton, our new address is:

The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD and the new phone number is 01273 964230.

4 February 2014
 
Can you support PAN UK's work transforming the lives of cotton farmers in Africa? PDF Print E-mail
altIt's harvest time in Benin, as you can see from this joyous young man rolling in his family's harvested cotton. PAN UK's training in organic cotton farming techniques is transforming the lives of thousands of smallholder farmers and their communities in Benin, west Africa. By eliminating harmful chemical pesticides from their cotton cultivation, the farmers are leaving behind the ill-health and the debt-ridden poverty that has blighted their communities for decades.
 
You can help us to help more small-holder farmers in the developing world by donating at www.justgiving.com/pesticideactionnetworkuk
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Coalition of UK environmental organisations urges UK Government to enforce bee-harming pesticide ban PDF Print E-mail
save the bees logoThirteen leading UK environmental organisations are today calling for the UK Government to show its commitment to reversing bee declines by fully enforcing the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.
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Letter of Demand to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil PDF Print E-mail
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A special offer for PAN UK followers PDF Print E-mail
picture of po-zu shoesTo celebrate the launch of their new Autumn Winter collection, pioneering ecological shoe producers Po-Zu is offering a special 15% discount for PAN UK followers until 1st December 2013.
 
To receive 15% off your order, visit their online shop at po-zu.com and simply type in the following discount code at checkout: PANPOZU. Free deliveries for all orders over £100 within the E.U.
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Pesticides On A Plate PDF Print E-mail
PAN UK report Pesticides On A Plate shows that over recent years levels of pesticide residues in our food have been steadily increasing, and as much as 40% of the food we eat contains them.

Residues found in several fruit categories exceeded Government limits. A number of the most widely used are highly toxic and have been linked with developmental defects, cancers and other disorders.
 
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