Independent science, from the ground up.
Our point of view is defined largely by two sets of commitments: to farmers, farmworkers and communities on the front lines, and to independent science on the ground. PAN’s “grassroots science” approach involves our scientists working in the fields together with affected communities — documenting how pesticides drift and persist in human bodies and the environment for decades, and learning about agroecological farming practices from indigenous peoples and farmers around the world.
As trained agronomists, chemists, ecologists and analysts, we also track and translate science, making it publically accessible — because pesticides are a public health problem, requiring public participation to solve.
Refusing the notion that environmental health and justice is a matter for experts to decide, we have — for over 20 years — reported news and science developments in our weekly PANUPS digest. Although we recently moved on to a more interactive reporting format with our GroundTruth blog, we have kept a searchable PANUPS archive that goes back to 1998. Other public information tools:
For nearly 30 years — from before there were FAX machines through to today's networked world — PAN has worked to make visible the on-the-ground human health costs of the pesticide industry. We've tried to do this in a way that values the complementary rigors of science and democracy: transparency and truth-telling, independence of mind, collaboration, free inquiry and a prickly refusal of top-down control.