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Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America works to replace hazardous pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, we link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens' action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society.

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For Immediate Release: July 23, 2015 House passes DARK Act limiting local rights to govern GMOs...
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A widely used farm chemical that is a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences "possibly" causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organization research unit has determined.


Jul 13, 2015

Rio Mesa High School sits just outside the strawberry growing hub of Oxnard and is surrounded by vast fields of the juicy red fruit.

Jeff Elliott's twin daughters, in 11th grade, are on the school's track and cross-country teams,...

Jun 15, 2015

California continues to allow one of agriculture’s most popular and potent chemicals to be used under rules its own toxicologists have said aren’t scientifically sound.

As a result, residents in farming counties such as Kern,...

Jun 15, 2015
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PAN Newsletters & Magazine

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama signaled his renewed commitment to push free trade agreements through Congress. But civil society organizations across the world are speaking out louder than ever in firm opposition to the secretive negotiations of the two global trade agreements now on the table: the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).     Download PDF » Read more
Unraveling Corporate Spin Industry spin is going into high gear. But at PAN, we’re keeping public conversation—and the facts—on point.   Download PDF »   Read more
On June 5, 2014, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific, partnering with PAN North America, launched a global campaign to phase out 20 highly hazardous pesticides particularly dangerous to children. The Terrible Twenty are linked to cancers, brain damage, birth defects and asthma, among others. The campaign will target policy makers in strategic Asian countries and North America with a call for a permanent moratorium on use of the Terrible Twenty... Read more


This report presents the results of an air monitoring experiment in Watsonville, located in Santa Cruz County, California. Between November 3 and November 12, 2014, a total of 18 12-hour samples were collected at a residence in Watsonville adjacent to two chloropicrin applications on two fields that occurred on November 3 and November 5.     Download as a PDF » Read more
Kids today are sicker than they were a generation ago, and a growing body of scientific evidence points to pesticides as a reason why. From childhood cancers to learning disabilities and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise. Download A Generation in Jeopardy, PAN's report reviewing dozens of recent scientific studies on the impacts of pesticides on children's health. If you'd like printed copies of the... Read more
This report presents the results of monitoring for airborne pesticides conducted between June 2006 and August 2009 in central Minnesota. Overall, the results of the study indicate that for several months each summer, central Minnesota residents in potato-growing areas are regularly exposed to low to moderate lovels of the commonly used fungicide chlorothalonil in air. View as PDF » Read more

Factsheets & Briefs

Fumigants are the most dangerous pesticides on the market. Applied in massive quantities to the soil before crops are planted, they are among the most toxic and difficult-to-control chemicals used in farming. They drift, poison entire communities, and keep our farm economy tethered to toxic pesticides.     Download as a PDF » Read more
Honey bees and pollinators are declining at alarming rates. Since 2006, beekeepers nationwide have reported losing an average of 30% of their bees per year. Minnesota beekeepers lost 54.5% of their colonies in the 2012–2013 season. Scientists increasingly link these pollinator declines with low—level exposure to pesticide cocktails in the environment— especially to a class of systemic insecticides called neonicotinoids.   Download... Read more
Five of the world’s six largest genetically engineered (GE) seed and pesticide corporations  use Hawai’i to field test new crops and raise parent seeds for markets on the mainland. This trend is on the rise. From 2010 to 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted over 100 new permits to these corporations for field trials in Hawai’i—more than anywhere else in the country. Download PDF Read more

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Una generación en peligro: Cómo es que los pesticidas perjudican la inteligencia y la salud de nuestros niños. Los niños de la actualidad están más enfermos que los de la generación anterior. Presenciamos el aumento de una gran variedad de enfermedades y trastornos infantiles, que van desde distintos tipos de cáncer infantil al autismo, los defectos de nacimiento y el asma. Tras analizar las ú... Read more
Proposition 37 is a straightforward ballot initiative that would require processed food containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients to be labeled. Californians have a right to make informed choices about the food they eat and how it’s grown. Get the facts on GE food. Download as PDF Read more
La agroecología entrega un conjunto de soluciones contundentes para las presiones medioambientales y económicas que enfrenta la agricultura estadounidense en el siglo XXI. Read more