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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

2020: A massive year for UK pesticides

2020-02-24T22:33:23+00:00January 31st, 2020|

by Josie Cohen, Head of Policy & Campaigns, PAN UK I joined PAN UK in June 2017 to help ensure that UK pesticide standards didn’t drop as a result of Brexit. There was a flurry of activity at the time and, over the next 18 months, we were kept [...]

Britain’s fourth agricultural revolution: agroecology!

2019-08-06T11:20:02+01:00August 5th, 2019|

by Stephanie Williamson, Staff Scientist, PAN UK Launched in July 2019, the latest report from the convenors of the RSA’s Food, Farming & Countryside Commission, entitled Our Future in the Land, could have been yet another worthy, dull and hard to digest report of interest mainly to policy nerds and [...]

Seen us on Countryfile? Here’s the detail behind our recommendations

2019-05-23T17:57:12+01:00May 26th, 2019|

We were delighted to be featured on Countryfile this week talking about the support British farmers need to move away from pesticides. PAN UK has been working to reduce pesticide-related harms in the UK for more than three decades and it’s great to see this agenda getting more attention. For [...]

Transitioning from EU to UK pesticide regime threatens to undermine standards

2019-02-22T14:30:03+00:00February 22nd, 2019|

by Josie Cohen (Head of Policy and Campaigns) PAN UK continues to work intensely on Brexit to make sure our pesticide standards aren’t weakened as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU. Over the past two weeks, our focus has been on what are called ‘Statutory Instruments’ (SIs). [...]

Pesticides contributing to a sixth mass extinction

2019-02-15T17:22:20+00:00February 15th, 2019|

It’s not the first time we’ve heard about declining insect numbers in recent years, but last week a global scientific study, the first of its kind, shocked even those working in the field to the core. The study – as outlined in an article published in The Guardian - found [...]

Decision time for UK agriculture

2018-10-29T09:59:37+00:00October 26th, 2018|

by Josie Cohen, Head of Policy & Campaigns (26th October, 2018) The Agriculture Bill currently going through parliament is the first chance the UK has had since 1947 to fundamentally reshape how we grow our food. It offers us the opportunity to usher in a new era of sustainable agriculture which better protects both human health and our natural environment.    From PAN UK’s [...]

A day of reckoning for Roundup

2018-08-13T16:32:21+01:00August 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

by Keith Tyrell, Director, PAN UK On Friday, 10th August, a jury in California came to a momentous judgement: it agreed with a school groundsman’s claim that his rare form of cancer was caused by exposure to the herbicide known as Roundup. The case has huge implications for glyphosate – the [...]

Pesticide Regulation: Lessons learned from negotiating an EU-US trade deal

2018-05-14T17:57:10+01:00May 14th, 2018|

In 2015, the Center for International Environmental Law published a report ‘Lowest Common Denominator’ which examined how a proposed EU-US trade deal could weaken European standards of protection from toxic pesticides. The report analyses recommendations from pesticide industry lobby groups – CropLife America (CPA) and the European Crop Protection Association [...]

A win for all pollinators

2018-05-02T16:36:31+01:00April 27th, 2018|

Great result for pollinators as ban on bee-toxic pesticides made permanent Today’s news that the European Commission has extended – and made permanent – the existing ban on three bee-toxic neonicotinoids is warmly welcomed by Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK). After spending more than a decade warning of the [...]

PAN UK’s initial response to government consultation on farming post-Brexit

2018-05-02T16:44:30+01:00February 27th, 2018|

Today (Tuesday 27th February) DEFRA launched a consultation entitled 'Health and Harmony - The future of farming, food and the environment in a green Brexit'. The government has labelled the ten-week consultation period a once-in-a-generation opportunity for farmers, landowners and food producers  to shape the future of English farming and the environment. [...]

Using pesticide policies as a tool for implementing the 25 Year Environment Plan

2019-08-01T12:09:24+01:00February 22nd, 2018|

In January 2018, the UK government launched A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment (hereafter referred to as ‘the Plan’). The Plan lays out a range of goals and policies designed to ‘help the natural world regain and retain health’ and restates the government’s commitment [...]

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

2018-05-02T16:47:33+01:00January 11th, 2018|

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 [...]

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