New book on herbicides addresses contemporary debates

2021-07-09T12:16:57+01:00July 9th, 2021|

by Dr Robin Mesnage, King's College London Herbicides have become a vital tool for weed management in an intensified agricultural production system. Nontrivial amounts are also sprayed on industrial sites, roadsides, railway tracks, sports areas and even private gardens. Determining whether the use of a pesticide is likely to [...]

We are part of the solution

2021-05-22T07:21:06+01:00May 21st, 2021|

by Dr Alex Stuart, International Project Manager, PAN UK Due to the beautiful and complex interactions that occur between species, maintaining biodiversity underpins all life on earth. However, according to a recent UNEP report, the global rate of species extinction is now tens to hundreds of times higher than the [...]

Impacts of pesticides on Caribbean farming communities

2021-05-18T14:27:14+01:00May 17th, 2021|

by Alex Stuart, International Project Manager (Agroecology), PAN UK In recent years, there has been an increasing trend of pesticide imports into the Caribbean, with close to 10,000 tonnes imported in 2018 for agricultural use alone. These include highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs), which pose a significant risk to human health [...]

People make mistakes – lessons learned from high-risk industries

2021-05-13T09:46:45+01:00May 13th, 2021|

by Keith Tyrell, Director, PAN UK Three decades ago, as a young graduate I embarked on a career in environmental and safety management.  One of my first jobs was working on the safety systems of highly hazardous industries like oil and gas and chemical plants to ensure that the risk [...]

Cross party support for a pesticide-free London

2021-05-12T09:35:15+01:00May 12th, 2021|

The result of the London Mayoral election has finally been decided, a year behind schedule, and Sadiq Khan will be in power for another four years. At the London Mayoral Environment Hustings prior to the election, PAN UK was heartened to hear from all political parties in attendance that they [...]

Action needed to phase-out highly hazardous pesticides by 2030

2021-03-19T13:04:43+00:00March 19th, 2021|

by Susan Haffmans, PAN Germany At first glance it might not look like much: PAN International issued two new documents today. Instead of fancy layouts and colourful pictures the documents offer lists, facts and numbers. But those numbers are quite something. They provide transparency and guidance to drive political [...]

Interview with Carey Gillam, author of The Monsanto Papers

2021-03-12T09:14:55+00:00March 12th, 2021|

PAN UK chatted with journalist Carey Gillam, author of the new book The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice PAN UK: Your new book is described by one reviewer as “a powerful story, well told, and a remarkable work of investigative journalism….  a [...]

Response to Red Tractor’s Standards Consultation

2021-03-11T09:29:08+00:00March 11th, 2021|

Red Tractor is the UK’s largest food standards scheme with roughly 46,000 British members (21% of all UK farmers). It aims to drive up standards in the three areas of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection. In January, Red Tractor launched a two-month public consultation on proposals to update [...]

Unprecedented support for the UK to drastically reduce pesticide use

2021-03-19T12:01:32+00:00March 5th, 2021|

by Sarah Haynes, Collaboration Coordinator, hosted by PAN UK Over the last few months, PAN UK and RSPB have mobilised 45 organisations and individual farmers and academics to respond collectively to the UK Government’s public consultation on the revised UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides [...]

Take pesticide products off supermarket shelves!

2021-03-19T12:02:07+00:00March 3rd, 2021|

Last year, thousands of UK shoppers called on supermarkets to stop selling pesticide products. We are delighted to report that from 1st April the Co-op will be removing all high-risk synthetic pesticides from their gardening range. The pandemic has highlighted just how important our green spaces, gardens and allotments are [...]

Where is Government support for pesticide-free towns and cities?

2021-04-15T23:46:52+01:00February 16th, 2021|

Local Authorities are taking action to protect human health and the environment despite lack of leadership from Government Written by Jon Burke (Councillor at Hackney Council from 2014 to 2020 and a Hackney Council Cabinet Member from 2016 to 2020) The UK Government is reviewing our relationship with pesticides [...]

Alternatives to herbicides – a new guide

2021-03-19T12:02:28+00:00February 4th, 2021|Tags: , , |

With a climate change emergency, collapsing biodiversity and a global health crisis underway it is imperative that our urban spaces become healthier places for people and wildlife. The body of evidence linking pesticides to serious human health and environmental harms is growing, as is the movement to end their use. [...]

A lesson in resilience: Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign blooms

2021-03-19T12:02:41+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

2021-03-19T12:03:46+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

2021-03-19T12:04:03+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

2021-03-19T12:04:23+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

2021-03-19T12:04:37+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, [...]

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