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A lesson in resilience: Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign continues to bloom

2021-01-15T15:30:18+00:00January 15th, 2021|

by Emma Pavans de Ceccatty, Campaigns Assistant, PAN UK This last year has been incredibly challenging for everyone. It’s been especially tough to engage people on issues like the dangers of pesticides. Yet, like resilient dandelions growing through the concrete, Pesticide-Free Town campaigners have shown their creativity and determination in [...]

Organisations unite against neonicotinoids decision

2021-01-13T11:07:16+00:00January 12th, 2021|

Rt Hon George Eustice, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF 12th January 2021 Dear Secretary of State, We are extremely disappointed to hear that the UK Government has decided to grant an emergency derogation allowing sugar beet producers to use seeds [...]

Dramatic rise in global pesticide poisonings revealed

2020-12-10T09:40:31+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Worldwide poisonings up from 25 million in 1990 to 385 million today In a comprehensive study released today, scientists report that pesticide poisonings on farms around the world have risen dramatically since the last global assessment 30 years ago. Based on an evaluation of available poisoning data from countries all [...]

Major opportunity for change as public consultation on UK pesticide use launched

2020-12-08T12:02:59+00:00December 8th, 2020|

On Friday 4th December, the UK Government published the long-awaited UK ‘Revised National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides’ (NAP). The draft, which has been agreed between Defra and the devolved administrations, was released alongside a public consultation that will last for 90 days ending on 26th February 2021. [...]

Powerful health organisations call for Government to strengthen protections against pesticides

2020-12-04T10:55:31+00:00December 3rd, 2020|

A letter co-signed by PAN UK and fourteen other organisations and experts concerned about the impact of toxic chemicals on human health has been sent to UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock. The letter, which is supported by Breast Cancer UK and the Alliance for Cancer Prevention, is calling on the [...]

Is FAO in the pocket of the pesticide industry?

2020-11-19T17:21:11+00:00November 19th, 2020|

by Keith Tyrell, Director, PAN UK A few weeks ago, Qu Dongyu, the Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced his intention to develop a new partnership with CropLife (the pesticides industry trade body) to transform agri-food systems. This marks a major departure for FAO, [...]

The threat to UK pesticide standards doesn’t disappear with Trump

2020-11-16T17:24:14+00:00November 16th, 2020|

by Josie Cohen, Head of Policy and Campaigns, PAN UK Since Joe Biden’s election victory, there has been much speculation in the UK about how the change in administration will affect our much-discussed trade deal with the US. Donald Trump has been the perfect ‘bad guy’ – the quintessential [...]

Organisations unite to defend food standards

2020-10-06T13:52:32+01:00October 5th, 2020|

Trade deals, pesticides and why we have joined the Future British Standards Coalition by Josie Cohen, Head of Policy & Campaigns, PAN UK PAN UK is proud to have been invited to join the recently-launched Future British Standards Coalition. We will be providing expertise on pesticides to this new panel [...]

The heart-breaking stories of families affected by pesticide poisoning

2020-09-25T17:30:07+01:00September 25th, 2020|

Moise and Celestine shared the tragic story of their son dying from pesticide poisoning. Credit PAN UK by Sheila Willis, Head of International Programmes, PAN UK Last November, I was collecting data in Benin, West Africa. While in Dassa, we were joined by farmers who had agreed [...]

Tackling weeds without the use of pesticides

2020-09-20T14:32:26+01:00September 20th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

By Stuart Fraser, Kersten UK Hello readers of the PAN UK blog, I work for a company called Kersten UK. Our business specialises in chemical-free integrated weed management and we’d love to share some of our thoughts with you on the topic. We’ve noticed a trend of public bodies moving [...]

Does farm pesticide use harm UK birds?

2020-09-03T08:03:09+01:00September 2nd, 2020|

by Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology, University of Sussex The charity, Songbird Survival, are funding two PhD students in my lab at Sussex University, Priyesha Vijendra and Cannelle Tassin de Montaigu, to investigate whether pesticides are contributing to the ongoing declines of farmland birds. Impacts of pesticides on birds first [...]

Pandemic impacts on cotton farmers in Ethiopia

2020-08-04T17:04:00+01:00August 4th, 2020|

by Sheila Willis, Head of International Programmes, PAN UK According to an April 2020 forecast by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), ‘global trade volumes are expected to fall by between 13% and 32% in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts normal economic activity and life around the world.’ The [...]

New report: Reversing the decline of insects

2020-07-08T12:18:31+01:00July 8th, 2020|

We're proud to support The Wildlife Trusts, and PAN UK trustee, Professor Dave Goulson, on the launch today of a new report Reversing the Decline in Insects. The report comes at a critical time for insects. There is ongoing evidence for insect declines and the future of insects – and [...]

Pesticide-Free Towns: Campaigning in lockdown

2020-05-05T09:16:12+01:00May 4th, 2020|

Background While most of the world is on hold, councils across the UK are still carrying out some of their work, including weed control. That means, unfortunately, that many are still spraying herbicides on our streets, pavements, verges, playgrounds and other urban green spaces, even when the general [...]

Campaign success for Pesticide-Free Balerno

2020-04-27T13:09:47+01:00April 27th, 2020|

by Hannah Conway (Campaigner, PAN UK) On a frosty morning I met campaigners in their home in Balerno, a beautiful suburb on the outskirts of Edinburgh. We all piled onto the bus on our way to Edinburgh City Council to present our deputation to the Transport and Environment committee for a [...]

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