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Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK, founded in 1982, is a charity focusing on tackling problems caused by pesticides and promoting safe and sustainable alternatives in agriculture, urban areas, homes and gardens. PAN UK work to apply pressure to governments, regulators, policy makers, industry and retailers to reduce the impacts of harmful pesticides to both human health and the environment.
Their work includes campaigning for change in policy and practices at home and overseas, co-ordinating projects which help smallholder farming communities escape ill-health and poverty caused by pesticides, and contributing their wealth of scientific and technical expertise to the work of other organisations .
PAN UK’s aims:
- To eliminate hazardous pesticides
- To reduce dependence on pesticides
- To promote ecologically sound alternatives to chemical pest control
While PAN UK’s campaign “Pesticide-Free Towns” has been hugely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, they have still managed to make progress.
In Tower Hamlets they have been assisting local campaigners to lobby the council for more than two years and they have finally agreed to trial alternative weed treatments.
In Lambeth, due to the work of a group of campaigners assisted by PAN UK, the council has agreed to let local residents opt out of having their streets sprayed this year. Lambeth’s parks and green spaces are already pesticide-free thanks to PAN UK’s work, and extending this to some streets is a huge step forward.
Isla’s grant has allowed PAN UK to start developing a report on alternatives to herbicides for weed control which will be made available to all relevant council personnel across the 32 London boroughs as well as other major land managers such as Transport for London. They are also working with a London campaigner to create an identification guide to wildflowers that can be given to both council employees and residents in order to raise awareness of different types of pavement plants and explain how important they are to urban biodiversity.
Read more about how PAN UK think Brexit will affect pesticide use.