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, [...]

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

2021-03-19T12:04:55+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

2021-03-19T12:05:53+00:00October 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

2021-03-19T12:06:12+00:00September 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

2021-03-19T12:06:33+00:00September 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 [...]

Bees, beets and obesity

2021-03-19T12:06:48+00:00September 16th, 2020|

by Nick Mole, Policy Officer, PAN UK UPDATE (26th Oct 2020): FRANCE AND NEONICOTINOIDS There are mixed messages coming from France about the continued use of neonicotinoid insecticides. On the one hand the European Court of Justice ruled that France was entirely within its rights [...]

Does farm pesticide use harm UK birds?

2021-03-19T12:07:01+00:00September 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 [...]

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