Action on pesticides
We are calling for a UK ban on the pre-harvest use of glyphosate in UK cereal farming, as well as its use as a weedkiller in public spaces.
Successes so far
Our 2015 campaign Not In Our Bread was a huge success:
- Our public petition in July 2015 generated support from 20,912 members of the public. This has been sent to bread manufacturers and major retailers - for the third time - to stop using wheat sprayed with glyphosate
- Read our letter to policy makers, bread manufacturers and major retailers (July & September 2015)
- Glyphosate Scientific Briefing (July 2015) on IARC's findings, the implications for human health and the worldwide response
These successes are thanks to the support of our members and donors, but more still needs to be done
More needs to be done
As the world sits up and takes notice of the landmark glyphosate case in the US, we have a timely opportunity to step up our work to influence future policy. Also the chance to influence public opinion on pesticides so that government knows it has to act.
Our work is only possible thanks to the kind support of our members and donors.
What does support enable?
Changing public opinion - so government recognises it has to act
- Helping us step up the public campaign for a fundamental shift in farming systems away from pesticides and towards systems like organic, that work in harmony in nature.
- Helping us produce campaign materials to be widely distributed - establishing in the public mind that pesticide use is in fact rapidly increasing.
- Showing everyone that it is possible to produce enough good quality food without synthetic pesticides.
- Ensuring that single bans such as neonicotinoids and most likely glyphosate, are not seen as having solved the problem, but rather a step towards pesticide-free farming.
Influencing policy makers to make system-wide change at the scale needed
- Helping us make the case for stronger support for organic farming to be at the heart of new farm support policies - as one way to cut pesticide use dramatically.
- Campaigning for robust pesticide controls inside or outside the EU and countering the lobbying of agrichemical companies
- Helping change regulation - pushing for stronger pesticide approval process.
- Opposing trade deals that could weaken standards of protection against toxic pesticides.
Changing things on the ground
- Helping change the government's school fruit and veg scheme - currently shown to contain more pesticides than supermarket fruit and veg.
- Helping make possible the practical work we do to help all farmers adopt non-chemical methods of pest and weed control.
You can help make this possible
Please donate today to make sure our food isn't contaminated with pesticide cocktails.
And that our beautiful fields, hedges and countryside are havens not hazards for wildlife.
Together we can stop pesticides damaging our health and killing our wildlife.