Take action on pesticides

The best opportunity in a generation to better protect the health of both people and wildlife from harmful pesticides…

In December 2020, the Government launched a crucially important three-month consultation on UK pesticide use.
The consultation called for opinions on the draft revised UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides – referred to as ‘the NAP’ – which sets out how pesticides are allowed to be used across the UK for the next five years.

What can you do?

Thank you for your support, however, the closing date for submissions to the consultation has now passed.

If you would still like to take action please consider a donation below.

What is PAN UK calling for?

We are calling for a wide range of improvements to be included in the final NAP. Our key recommendations are as follows:

  • Increase financial and other support aimed at helping farmers and other pesticides users to reduce their pesticide use and adopt nature-based Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
  • Ensure that farmers and other pesticide users are able to access both research on non-chemical alternatives and advice which is independent from the pesticide industry.
  • Include a commitment to phase-out urban and amenity pesticide use which is largely for cosmetic purposes and therefore unnecessary.
  • Prioritise phasing out the use of pesticides which are the most harmful to human health and the environment.
  • Maintain the commitment in the draft NAP to introduce pesticide risk reduction targets, making sure that they are ambitious and take into account both the amount of pesticide used and the risk/toxicity, or “toxic load”.
What topics are covered by the NAP?

The high-level aim of the NAP is to “minimise the risks and impacts of pesticides to human health and the environment, while ensuring pests and pesticide resistance are managed effectively.” It covers all uses of pesticides (agriculture, amenity and gardening) and a wide array of pesticide-related issues including:

  • Supporting farmers and other pesticide users to reduce their use and adopt nature-based Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Monitoring of pesticide use and the associated impacts on human health and the environment
  • Targets, metrics and indicators needed to drive a reduction in both pesticide use and pesticide-related harms
  • Advice, research and training to help pesticide users to adopt non- chemical alternatives
  • Enforcement, compliance and inspections aimed at ensuring that pesticide users are sticking to the rules
  • Reducing the impacts of non-agricultural pesticides which are used in urban areas, on sports pitches and around infrastructure such as roads and train tracks.