Our initial reaction to the UK government’s 25 Year Environment Plan

2018-01-16T15:56:24+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 [...]

First certified organic cotton farmers in Ethiopia

2018-01-11T17:36:36+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Project success as 200 Ethiopian farmers become the first to produce certified organic cotton in the country Since 2013, with financial support from TRAID and in collaboration with PAN-Ethiopia, our project in southern Ethiopia has provided training for over 2000 smallholder cotton farmers. Training in our Farmer Field Schools demonstrates [...]

Life-changing training in Ethiopia

2017-11-28T07:17:31+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

by Sam Claydon, Communications Officer, PAN UK (19th September 2017) PAN UK is working with partners and colleagues in Ethiopia to teach smallholder cotton farmers how to manage their fields using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods in order to move away from an over-reliance on pesticides. In a lucky turn [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

UK Policy Options to Reduce Environmental Risks from Pesticides

2017-07-10T16:41:08+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

PAN UK and IEEP have published a new report examining the effectiveness of the UK’s approach to managing pesticide risks and reviewing innovative policy measures used by other countries. The report finds that, between 2000 and 2013, the overall crop area being treated with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides and the [...]

Our Vision for UK Agriculture Outside the EU

2017-07-10T16:41:15+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Tags: , |

Brexit has major implications for UK agriculture. PAN UK is calling on the government to take this opportunity to create a new agricultural system that works for farmers and the environment by replacing the flawed common agricultural policy with a new system that rewards farmers for looking after our environment; [...]