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]

PAN Europe[edit]

PAN Europe is the regional centre in Europe. It was founded in 1987 and brings together consumer, public health, and environmental organisations, trades unions, women's groups and farmer associations from across 19 European countries.

PAN Europe brings together 32 members organisations from 24 countries of which 21 in the European Union: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Ukraine.

PAN Europe works to eliminate dependency on chemical pesticides and to support safe sustainable pest control methods. PAN Europe is committed to bringing about a substantial reduction in pesticide use throughout Europe. Pesticide -including biocides- reduction is a prerequisite for improvements of public and workers health, protection of the environment, and its strict implementation is in line with the precautionary principle.

PAN Europe's vision is of a world in which high agricultural productivity is achieved by truly sustainable agricultural production systems in which agrochemical inputs and environmental damage are minimised, and where local people control local production using local varieties.


References[edit]

  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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