Pesticide Action Network International
PAN International is a network of of over 600 participating nongovernmental organisations, institutions and individuals in over 90 countries, working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.
PAN does not have a central office - there are 5 independent, collaborating Regional Centers that implement its projects and campaigns. In each region, the PAN Regional Center coordinates a large network of like-minded groups, and builds alliances with other networks, and these make up the global PAN. Campaigns, activities and relevant objectives are decided by the Regional Center in collaboration with its network. This gives each region the ease to be able to respond quickly and coordinate efficiently the priorities set by its member organizations. ref
- Protect health and the environment by eliminating highly hazardous pesticides from the market and replacing them with sustainable solutions.
- Resist development and stop the introduction and use of genetic engineering into agricultural production systems.
- Promote empowerment of grassroots movements and citizens to fight agrochemical and seed corporations and challenge corporate globalization.
- Increase public investment, development, adoption and implementation of non-chemical alternative pest management systems.
- Develop further PAN International structures.
- Europe, http://paninternational.org/europe/ > PAN UK, http://www.pan-uk.org/
Pesticide Action Network UK
PAN UK is the only UK charity focused on tackling the problems caused by pesticides and promoting safe and sustainable alternatives to pesticides in agriculture, urban areas, homes and gardens. PAN UK campaigs for change in policy and practices at home and overseas, co-ordinating projects in the developing world which help smallholder farming communities escape ill-health and poverty caused by pesticides, and contributing our wealth of scientific and technical expertise to the work of other organisations who share our aims.
PAN UK publishes independent information on pesticide use and impacts for govts and decision makers, researchers, media, concerned citizens and other interested groups. It undertakes and targets research to promote better understanding of the cause and effects of pesticide problems, as wel as undertaking projects to demonstrate that growing food and textiles, and managing amenities, is possible without the use of hazardous pesticides. ref
Pesticide residues in the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. Children are being exposed to a cocktail of pesticide residues in the fresh produce they receive through the Department of Health’s School Fruit & Vegetable Scheme. These pesticides have documented potential to harm human health, especially young children who are particularly vulnerable. The produce being provided to children through the scheme generally contains more pesticide residues than their mainstream equivalents. PAN UK has calculated it would cost the Dept of Health ~1p per child per day to switch the core produce provided by the Scheme to organic.
Tell the govt that after Brexit you want less pesticides in your food, farms and green spaces.
Pesticide-Free Towns. Our public gardens and spaces, childrens' playgrounds, golf courses, - in short, everywhere - are awash with pesticides. Local councils are the main users, spraying pesticides in parks, playgrounds and other green spaces, road verges, cemeteries, pavements and around council houses. However, there are also many others that use pesticides including university campuses, car parks, hospitals, private housing developments, shopping centres and schools. 'Urban pesticides are unnecessary and should be banned. Hundreds of towns and citiies are going pesticide-free as a result of us campaigning together.