WHY THE PESTICIDE COLLABORATION?
AND WHY NOW?

Pesticides harm many things we care about. Pesticide use in the UK has risen significantly in the past three decades, and the area of land treated by pesticides has increased by 63% since 1990. The body of evidence revealing the harms caused by pesticides to human health and the natural world is also increasing.

Scientific studies linking pesticides to diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s increase year-on-year. Physiological factors increase the vulnerability of pregnant women and children to harm from pesticide exposure. In addition, recent reports have revealed alarming global changes in insect populations, with 59% of reported UK insect species in decline, and abundance and total weight of insects have declined in Northern Europe by over 90%. In addition to direct harms to humans and wildlife, pesticides are also polluting our soils and waterways.

Meanwhile, the UK’s exit from the EU has led to a range of significant threats to our standards. Currently, British farmers don’t have the support that they need to reduce their use of pesticides and adopt non-chemical alternatives, with trade deals poised to potentially undermine them further. On the flipside, with independence creating a number of opportunities to introduce new measures, the UK could choose to be global leaders in the drive to reduce pesticide-related harms.

The pesticide manufacturing industry, and those standing to profit from current (and increased) rates of pesticide use, are organised and well-funded.

It has never been more crucial that those invested in a healthy, just, sustainable vision for the future are able to speak with a unified and coherent voice. There are alternatives and solutions to our current over reliance on pesticides, we just have to rally around them – that’s where The Pesticide Collaboration comes in.

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HOW WE WORK

The Pesticide Collaboration brings together health and environmental organisations, academics, trade unions, farming networks and consumer groups, working under a shared vision to urgently reduce pesticide-related harms in the UK, for a healthy future.

We do this through:

  • Influencing UK policy
  • Convening conversations to explore solutions, including collaborating with farmers to showcase what’s possible
  • Supporting and amplifying each other’s pesticide-related work

Throughout all our work we aim to tackle the root systemic drivers of pesticide reliance and overuse, and advocate for the solutions required to tackle them.

WHO WE WORK WITH

We are currently collaborating with:

Pesticide Action Network UK
RSPB
A Rocha UK
Alliance for Cancer Prevention
The A Team Foundation
Angling Trust
Bat Conservation Trust
Breast Cancer UK
Buglife
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Butterfly Conservation
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
ClientEarth
Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill
CPRE
Cure Parkinson's
Earthwatch
English Organic Forum
Environmental Justice Foundation
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Farming the Future
Farming George
First Steps Nutrition Trust
Friends of the Earth
Garden Organic
Globe International
Green Alliance
Greenpeace
Hazards Campaign
Land Workers Alliance
Nature Friendly Farming Network
Nourish Scotland
Organic Research Centre
O F & G Organic
Parkinson's UK
Real Farming Trust
Rewilding Britain
Pesticide-Free Scotland
Plantlife
Salmon and Trout Conservation
Savitri Trust
Soil Association
Sum Of Us
Sustainable Food Trust
Sustain
The Rivers Trust
Unite
Wildlife Gardening Forum
Wildlife and Countryside Link
The Wildlife Trusts
World Wildlife Fund
Zoological Society of London

The Pesticide Collaboration has been generously funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Farming the Future – administered by the A Team Foundation.