PN 81 - September 2008 E-mail


Time to act on endosulfan

The future of one of the world’s most notorious pesticides is up for debate this autumn with scientific experts and farmworker advocates calling for a global ban. Dr MerielWatts of PAN Aotearoa New Zealand reviews the situation and presents the evidence for a ban.

Canadians say ‘no’ to cosmetic pesticides

Canada leads the way in banning non-essential pesticide use. Over 40% of the population now live in a town or province which prohibits the use of lawn pesticides. Ronald Macfarlane provides an overview.

Rural communities in Paraguay endangered by soya pesticides

GM soya is cultivated in vast monocultures and requires intensive pesticide spraying. In this journal we have reported on the social and environmental problems this has brought to a number of South American countries. StephanieWilliamson now reports on new studies from Paraguay showing the devastating impact of GM soya on rural communities. She also questions the effectiveness of initiatives to certify more responsible production practices.

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Plant clinics help curb pesticide use in Bangladesh
Paula Kelly and Jeffery Bentley of CABI’s Global Plant Clinic were concerned to learn the extent of the misuse of pesticides in Bangladesh. Working with local partners Harun-Ar-Rashid, AKM Zakaria and Mostafa Nuruzzaman to investigate ways of improving the flow of advice, they report on innovative plant health services for farmers.

New era for agriculture?

A new report sponsored by the United Nations and endorsed by 58 governments has criticised ‘green revolution’ technologies and come down firmly in favour of more ecological-based and socially just farming systems to tackle world poverty. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman reports

Regulatory system fails UK gardeners
GAcross the UK allotment gardeners have been losing crops as a result of using manure contaminated with the herbicide aminopyralid. The persistence of the herbicide had been seriously underestimated raising questions about whether the approval process adequately protects the public from the effects of pesticides. Nick Mole reports.

A world without bees

Responsible for pollinating three-quarters of the world’s leading food crops, honeybees are essential to modern agriculture. Yet with colonies collapsing across the globe bees are in crisis. Elliott Cannell, Coordinator of PAN Europe, reviews A World Without Bees by journalist and beekeeper Alison Benjamin and co-author Brian McCallum.

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