Reclaiming the future of food and farming

Frontline Communities

Rural fence

Those who live their lives on the frontlines of pesticide use or production face higher levels of exposure — and risk of harm.

Every day, farmers, farmworkers and rural communities bear disproportionate exposure to agricultural chemicals. Around the world, factories where pesticides are produced and disposal sites where they are buried endanger both workers and nearby communities. And global transport of persistent pesticides continues to put people at risk far from where pesticides are used.

PAN works with affected communities to document and raise awareness of this often invisible problem, and press for safer solutions.

Our Focus

From Argentina to the Arctic, pesticides have been causing far-reaching, long-lasting damage for decades. Today, communities are standing up for change.

Farmworkers represent the backbone and marrow of our agricultural economy. Yet this group is one of the least protected from on-the-job harms — including exposure to pesticides.

Rural life in the U.S. has long meant hard work and healthy living, and farm families — including Indigenous peoples — have been steady stewards of the land.