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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