Pesticide Action Network

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Pesticide Action Network (PAN) is "an international coalition of around 600 NGOs, citizens' groups, and individuals in about 60 countries."[1] PAN is involved in fighting problems caused by pesticide use, and advocates ecologically sound alternatives. Branches include PAN North America, U. K., Germany, Mexico, Asia and Pacific, and Africa.

In November 2010, PAN publicized a leaked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) memo that showed that the EPA suspected the crop spray clothianidin, manufactured by German agrochemical company Bayer, as a possible cause of bee colony collapse disorder.[2] This pesticide has a conditional approval in the U. S., where it is widely used on sugar beets, canola, soy, sunflowers, wheat, and corn, but is banned in Germany, France, Italy, and some other countries.

In December 2010, PAN North America joined with other organizations in suing California, to challenge "the state's approval of the cancer-causing strawberry pesticide methyl iodide."[3]


  1. ^ Ulrich Roettger and Reinhold Muschler, ed. (2005). International Symposium on Biopesticides for Developing Countries. Bib. Orton IICA / CATIE. p. 37. ISBN 978-9977-57-403-5. 
  2. ^ Brandon Keim (13 Dec 2010). "Leaked Memo Shows EPA Doubts About Bee-Killing Pesticide". Wired. 
  3. ^ "Coalition Sues California Over Approval of Cancer-Causing Strawberry Pesticide". eNews Park Forest. 4 January 2011. 

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