Have you cottoned on yet? PDF Print E-mail

Cottoned On logoPAN UK has supported organic cotton for more than two decades, during that time we have trained thousands of small farmers and seen it transform their lives for the better so we are delighted to report that a new global initiative aimed at developing and promoting organic cotton has been launched.

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DEFRA Burying its head in the sand over bee toxic pesticides PDF Print E-mail

Defra signPAN UK is incredibly disappointed with the response from Defra regarding the use of bee toxic pesticides and the effects they are having on the UK’s bees and other pollinators. Defra has once again shown that when it comes to protecting the environment or protecting the profits of the pesticide industry the pesticide industry wins hands down!

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PAN UK 12 Point Call for Action on Bee Toxic Pesticides PDF Print E-mail

Picture of pesticidesPAN UK has today published a 12 point call for action on bee toxic pesticides. It outlines key actions that all sectors involved in pesticide use in the UK can take now to stop the harm that pesticides are causing to our bees and pollinators:

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Coop and PAN UK call for review of neonicotinoid risk assessment PDF Print E-mail

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PAN UK and the Coop have today issued a press release highlighting a letter sent by the Coop calling on the new Defra Minister, Owen Paterson, to initiate an urgent independent review of the science underpinning the risk assessment for neonicotinoid pesticides in the UK. It also coincides with the publication of the new PAN UK bee and pesticide fact sheets and our 12 point call to action on pesticides and bees that we believe will help to protect bees and pollinators in the UK.

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Bee and Pesticide Fact Sheets PDF Print E-mail

Picture of a beePAN UK has published a series of information fact sheets on all aspects of pesticides and their effects on bees and other pollinators. The fact sheets look at a range of topics including neonicotonoids and why they are so potentially harmful to bees, how the over use of herbicides is reducing forage for bees and pollinators in the UK, the problems with the current risk assessment for neonicotinoids and ways in which farmers can replace the use of neonicotonoids with non chemical methods.

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Pesticide Forum Annual Report 2011 PDF Print E-mail

Picture of reportPAN UK response to Pesticides Forum Annual Report

 

PAN UK has been a member of the Pesticides Forum since its inception in 1996. The Forum is a multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together a range parties with an interest in how pesticides are used including farmers, retailers, industry and civil society. We do not always agree with the conclusions and recommendations of the Forum.

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PAN UK launches new bee website PDF Print E-mail

Picture of a beePAN UK has launched its brand new bees website. The site contains all you need to know about bees and other pollinators and the effects that pesticides are having on them. The website takes an in depth look at the key issues and provides links to what other organisations are doing on bees. There are sections on neonicotinoids, herbicides, what you can do and the wonder of bees.

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PAN UK and 13 other organisations call on DEFRA Minister to suspend use of neonicotinoids PDF Print E-mail

Defra signFollowing the recent publication of new research on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees and other pollinator species PAN UK and 13 other UK based organisations have sent an open letter to DEFRA Minister Caroline Spelman asking for the immedeate suspension of use of neonicotinoids as a precautionary measure.

 

To read the letter signed by; PAN UK, Soil Association, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, CHEM Trust, Natural Beekeeping Trust, Earth Open Source, Bee Guardian Foundation, Garden Organic, Capital Bee Campaign, Client Earth, Environmental Justice Foundation, Small Blue Marble and Biodynamic Agriculture Association please click read more.

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Pesticide companies found guilty of human rights abuses PDF Print E-mail

Picture of tribunalThe jury of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal has returned its preliminary verdict on the six agrochemical companies accused of gross human rights abuses. It is damning in its conclusions and calls upon national governments and international institutions to take action to hold the companies criminally responsible for their actions and to ensure that the power of these companies is no longer put before people and planet.

The preliminary verdict and recommendations can be read at the following link: Preliminary verdict

 

 

 
Pesticides Cause Some of the World's Worst Toxic Pollution Problems PDF Print E-mail

picture of reportThe Blacksmith Institute in collaboration with Green Cross Switzerland has been collecting data from thousands of the world's toxic hotspots for the past three years in order to identify our world's top ten toxic pollution threats and calculate their health impact. Their findings have been compiled in the recently released The World's Worst Toxic Pollution Problems 2011 Report

 

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Permanent Peoples' Tribunal: Big 6 agrochemical companies indicted for crimes against humanity PDF Print E-mail

Picture of tribunalFrom 3-6th December 2011, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) will convene in Bangalore, India, to hear cases brought against six multinational agrochemical companies who stand accused of violating human rights by promoting reliance on the sale and use of pesticides known to undermine internationally recognised rights to health, livelihood and life.

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Toxic Pesticides on London Underground PDF Print E-mail

 

picture of underground signThe BBC News website has today published an article titled "'Toxic' pesticide Dichlobenil used on London Underground" in which they uncover how London Underground carried on using the potentially carcinogenic pesticide dichlobenil despite the known links to ill health effects.

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PAN UK campaign hero PDF Print E-mail

picture of Nick MoleNick Mole, PAN UK Policy Officer is The Ecologist's Campaign Hero for April

 

 
Katharine Hamnett, Ethical Fashion Pioneer, backs PAN UK PDF Print E-mail

picture of katherine hamnettKatharine Hamnett, fashion designer and activist has backed PAN UK’s 25th Anniversary appeal. In an open letter, she urged people to support PAN UK’s appeal and cited PAN UK as a major influence behind her decision to champion ethical fashion.

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Open Letter to the British Beekeepers' Association PDF Print E-mail

BBKA logoAn open letter has been sent to the British Beekeepers' Association asking them to sever ties with pesticide manufacturers.

Signatories include David Bellamy, amongst other well known scientists, farmers and campaigners, including PAN UK. Click here to read the letter.

 
Buy organic cotton and help farmers escape poverty PDF Print E-mail
altBuying organic cotton doesn't mean you are depriving a farmer in the developing world of food crops. 
 

Rather, it's one action every ethical consumer should take, writes PAN UK's Eliza Anyangwe in The Ecologist 

 
London Bee Summit 2010 PDF Print E-mail

Picture of Nick MolePAN UK's policy officer, Nick Mole, was one of the speakers at the London Bee Summit 2010. Here's what he said...

A few facts to begin with:

·      Globally pollination is estimated to be worth £141 billion pa.

·      In the EU honey bees play a key role in the successful production of 80 million tonnes of food every year – that is 160 kilos of food per EU citizen.

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5 in 5 - Keith Tyrell E-mail

picture of keithOn 24 May 2010, Keith Tyrell joined PAN UK as its 4th director.
The wear organic team caught up with him for our new feature ‘5 in 5’ to get a measure of the man, his vision for the organisation and his shopping habits.

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