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.[citation needed][3]

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."[4]

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 Europe.

In 2008 PAN Europe reported that it had found pesticide residues in wine bottles. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment assessed their study and concluded that the concentrations were so low that it could not constitute a risk for consumers.[5]


  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 December 2010). "Leaked Memo Shows EPA Doubts About Bee-Killing Pesticide". Wired.
  3. ^ Houk, Theodore. "M.D." Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Coalition Sues California Over Approval of Cancer-Causing Strawberry Pesticide". eNews Park Forest. 4 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Analytical results of PAN Europe: BfR does not see any health risks from the pesticide residues detected in wine. (BfR Opinion Nr. 012/2008)" (PDF). BfR. 27 March 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2015.

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