Factsheets & Briefs Archive

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
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
Bees are in trouble. In the U.S., they’ve been dying off at alarming rates since 2006 and beekeepers continue to report staggering annual losses. While policymakers remain resolutely stuck — and have yet to take swift action to address the known causes of bee die-offs — home gardeners, backyard beekeepers and concerned individuals across the country have been stepping up to protect our favorite pollinators. View this toolkit for simple... Read more
Agroecology provides a robust set of solutions to the environmental and economic pressures and crises facing American agriculture in the 21st century.   Read more
PAN International List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (November 2013)
For decades, the distribution and use of hazardous pesticides has been an issue of concern. Since its founding in 1982, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) has been the civil society organisation (CSO) most steadily and continuously calling for effective international action towards the elimination of hazardous pesticides. PAN has been one of the key driving forces among non governmental organisations (NGOs) for improving plant protection policies towards... Read more
Malaria devastates families and communities around the world. This preventable disease kills almost one million people every year, with 80% of the deaths occurring among children in sub- Saharan Africa. The U.S. has increased support for the battle against malaria in recent years, but must do a better job supporting sustainable solutions—approaches that effectively combat malaria without putting human health or the environment at risk. View as... Read more
PAN summarizes the key findings from Agriculture at a Crossroads, the landmark UN report from the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). More than 400 scientists examined the successes and shortcomings of the world’s food and agricultural systems, and evaluated the impact that public agencies, agricultural research institutions and the private sector have on the well-being of farmers,... Read more
Agricultural Pesticides Are Dangerous for You, Your Family, and Your Neighbors. Health effects and recent exposure incidents. View as PDF »   Read more
Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide used in agriculture primarily on cotton, oranges, corn, and almonds, among many other crops. Also known as Lorsban (agricultural use products), among other trade names, and manufactured predominantly by Dow AgroSciences, chlorpyrifos is one of the most widely used insecticides in the U.S. Nationwide in 2001 (prior to the cancellation of residential uses) US EPA estimated that 11–16 million pounds of... Read more
During the past decade, genetically engineered (GE) crops have been widely planted by farmers in many countries around the world. But has the technology lived up to the industry hype by delivering the promised economic and environmental benefits? This paper reviews important research findings from India, Argentina and China that demonstrate the economic impact of GE crops on rural farmers and communities. View as PDF »   Read more
Agroecology is the science behind sustainable agriculture. Drawing on the natural and social sciences, agroecology provides a framework for assessing four key systems properties of agriculture: productivity, resilience, sustainability and equity. View as PDF »     Read more