UK supermarkets are not doing enough to protect human health, wildlife or the environment from pesticides. They are also failing to be transparent about pesticides, so a concerned shopper trying to find out what chemicals they and their family are exposed to has nowhere to go. The information isn’t on food labels or supermarket websites.

In 2019, PAN UK surveyed and ranked the top ten UK supermarkets. We found that they could all be doing more to reduce pesticide-related harms linked to their global supply chains.

But we also discovered that some supermarkets are doing much better than others.

How are UK supermarkets doing on pesticides?
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The ranking in more detail

PAN UK’s ranking is based on an assessment of how each supermarket is doing on eight key topics related to pesticides.
Take a look at our Pesticide Scorecard below to see how your supermarket ranked on these specific areas.

Supermarket Pesticide Scorecard

How do the supermarkets compare?

Click on the logos below for more detail on how each supermarket is doing on pesticides.

How is Aldi doing on pesticides?
How is ASDA doing on pesticides?
How is Coop doing on pesticides?
How is Iceland doing on pesticides?
How is Lidl doing on pesticides?
How is Marks & Spencer doing on pesticides?
How is Morrisons doing on pesticides?
How is Sainsbury's doing on pesticides?
How is Tesco doing on pesticides?
How is Waitrose doing on pesticides?
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Topics we reviewed

Click on the icons below for more detail on the eight topics in the ranking.

Are supermarkets doing enough to support suppliers to reduce their use of pesticides
Are supermarkets doing enough to reduce pesticide residues on food?
Are supermarkets doing enough to reduce hazardous pesticides in the supply chains?
Are supermarkets doing enough to engage customers on pesticide issues?
Are supermarkets doing enough to protect bees and pollinators from pesticides?
Are supermarkets doing enough to be transparent about the pesticides in their supply chains?
Why are supermarkets selling pesticides products?
Are supermarkets doing enough to increase the amount of organic produce on sale?

Why are we running this campaign?

Pesticides can drive irreversible harms to both human health and the environment.  The evidence linking pesticides to diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s increases year-on-year. Meanwhile, recent studies have named pesticides as one of the key drivers of biodiversity losses which have placed one million species at risk of extinction.

The evidence clearly shows that we urgently need to reduce our pesticide use and UK supermarkets have a key role to play. With their sprawling supply chains and powerful influence over how food is produced, they are uniquely positioned to drive a wholesale shift away from pesticides and towards non-chemical alternatives, not just in the UK but globally.

PAN UK is keen to work directly with UK supermarkets to help them implement the kind of changes we so urgently need to move towards a healthier and more sustainable future.

Ask your supermarket to take action on pesticides