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Glyphosate and cancer: Authorities systematically breach regulations
How industry strategized (and regulators colluded) in an attempt to save the world’s most widely used herbicide from a ban

Titelbild GLOBAL 2000’s report, authored by the toxicologist Dr Peter Clausing, accused the EU authorities of breaking their own rules and brushing aside evidence of cancer to keep glyphosate on the market.

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Further information, reports and publications about Glyphosat can be found in our database

PAN International Press Release in Advance of the Conferences of the Parties to the 2017 Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Pesticide Action Network International (PAN International) looks forward to the meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions from April 24 to May 5, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. We urge the Parties to agree to the listing of the recommended hazardous pesticides and chemicals and to find mechanisms to ensure effective functioning of these treaties.
As part of the preparation for these combined Conferences of Parties, PAN International is providing an updated list of pesticide bans around the world, with verified information from 106 countries. We are releasing the 3rd edition of the Consolidated List of Bans, which shows that 370 pesticide active ingredients are banned in one or more countries. The updated list includes 49 new pesticides and 4 new countries.
PAN International Press Release dated 21.04.2017
Consolidated List of Banned Pesticides (external link)
Explanatory Note for the Consolidated List of Banned Pesticides (external link)

Clean bill of health for glyphosate - a fatal decision of ECHA

On 15 March 2017 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced its decision on the weedkiller glyphosate: a complete acquittal with regard to cancer risk, possible genotoxicity and reproductive toxicity.
At a press conference, the representatives of ECHA explained that there was "not enough evidence" for carcinogenic effects. It was admitted that there were signs of cancer in the studies, which, however, were only "slightly" above background. more

Hazardous Bayer pesticide: Germany failing to adequately monitor pesticides exports

Berlin, 13. March 2017 - The German authorities' duty to monitor the export of pesticides does not extend beyond their national borders. This is the argument put forward by the Chamber of Agriculture in North Rhine-Westphalia. In October 2016 the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) submitted a complaint to the Chamber calling on it to examine Bayer AG's business practices. The Chamber's department of plant protection was asked to assess if Bayer, in its sales of the toxic pesticide Nativo 75 WG, was in breach of good trading practices. In Europe Bayer sells Nativo with the warning that the product is "suspected of damaging the unborn child". This warning is not given on the products sold in India by Bayer's subsidiary Bayer CropScience Ltd.. more

International Network Welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's Call for Global Regulation of Pesticides

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International welcomes the release today of the report on the use of agricultural pesticides by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Special Rapporteur Hilal today presented her report to the 34th session of the United National Human Rights Council. She noted the ongoing impacts of pesticides on people, the environment and human rights and the failure to hold the pesticide industry accountable for these effects and recommended that:
The international community must work on a comprehensive, binding treaty to regulate hazardous pesticides throughout their life cycle, taking into account human rights principles.
PAN International Press Release dated 07.03.2017
More about Highly Hazardous Pesticides

529 organisations in 109 countries signed the Appeal against hazardous pesticide!

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What are Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs)?

Cover What are Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs)? Meanwhile more than a decade ago an international UN-level debate about a 'progressive ban of highly hazardous pesticides' (HHPs) was started - however, without defining the term 'highly hazardous pesticide' clearly.
The global Pesticide Action Network (PAN) – supported by more than 500 organisations from more than 100 countries fights for a ban of such pesticides, and PAN was the first organisation globally defining this term. The PAN International List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides shows which pesticides are highly hazardous and it explains how the list was generated by PAN.
For all those, who are interested in this important topic but who didn’t have the time to learn a bit more about the issue, we have published a 1-pager for a quick view at this issue. Download

PAN International List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides

What are "highly hazardous pesticides"? Here you can ´download the 'PAN International List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides'. This is the December 2016 version.

Glyphosate: Carcinogenic or not?
The EFSA tries to defend its wrong assessment of glyphosate's carcinogenic hazard - again with arbitrary arguments, criticises the Pesticide Action Network

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was established to assess pesticides on a purely scientific basis. In case of glyphosate the EFSA abandoned that path in an attempt to "whitewash" this pesticide using arbitrary arguments. That is the conclusion drawn by toxicologist Dr. Peter Clausing of the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Germany. In his letter of 13 January 2016 (1), EFSA's Chief Executive Bernhard Url tries to justify wrong statistical methods using spurious arguments to insist that observed carcinogenic effects in mouse studies are inexistent. PAN German and PAN Europe have subjected these arguments to a critical evaluation (2).
Joint Press Release of PAN Germany und PAN Europe dated 20.01.2016
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Download der Analyse "Repeating wrong statements does not make them more correct - , A comment on the answer of EFSA's Chief Executive, Bernhard Url, to the open letter of Prof. Christopher Portier
You can find further information on glyphosate in our Info-Database

Glyphosate – Need for a robust and credible scientific assessment of carcinogenicity

Open letter to Vytenis Andriukaitis 47 European NGOs, including PAN Germany, have called upon the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, to protect the public from glyphosate until a robust and credible scientific assessment of the carcinogenicity of this pesticide has been completed.
Open letter to Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (pdf-File, 562 kb)

EFSA’s report on endocrine disrupters challenges DG SANTE’s work

Fifteen of the pesticides that the European Commission is currently evaluating for market approval are of “critical concern” regarding their endocrine disrupting properties- the European Food Safety Authority reported last Wednesday.
PAN Europe Press Release (external link)

Glyphosate confirmed as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization: Pesticide joins international ‘highly hazardous’ list slated for phaseout

Pesticide Action Network International welcomes the confirmation of the decision of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) regarding glyphosate’s carcinogenicity, which is long overdue. However, PAN International thinks that the IARC has underestimated the threats from this chemical. PAN International’s regional centers jointly issued the following statement:

"PAN International calls on governments and policymakers to take immediate measures to curtail and stop the use of herbicide formulations containing glyphosate applied to genetically engineered seeds, other crops, in urban areas and home gardens. The network reiterates its call to governments to develop an action plan to address the concerns highlighted in scientific studies and the IARC’s evaluation of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. Glyphosate also now joins the growing list of highly hazardous pesticides that should be phased out and banned immediately."

PAN International Press Release dated August 7th, 2015

Turning a blind eye?
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment overlooked a carcinogenic effect in a mouse study with glyphosate

Research carried out by the Pesticide Action Network (PAN Germany) has identified that the significantly enhanced tumor incidence in an industry-sponsored mouse carcinogenicity study was obviously overlooked by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).
PAN Germany Press Release dated July 30th, 2015

Does glyphosate cause cancer?
Important gap in German risk assessment

Research carried out by the Pesticide Action Network (PAN Germany) has identified an important gap in the risk assessment of glyphosate carried out by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). There are already several scientific publications showing that glyphosate can cause oxidative stress to cells, which is a possible cause of cancer. Nevertheless, the BfR did not take this into account in their risk assessment. This omission could be one of the main reasons why the BfR - contrary to the findings of an International Agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) - has concluded that glyphosate is not carcinogenic.
Press Release of PAN Germany and Testbiotech

Open letter
Glyphosat & Malathion: Scientific opinion of the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency IARC must have an immediate impact on the ongoing regulatory procedure for the application for a re-approval of the substances.

1. Seite offener Brief With a joint open letter to the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Mr. Vytenis Andriukaitis 6 European NGOs ask the European Commission to include the newly published scientific opinion of the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency IARC which has declared the pesticide Glyphosate and Malathion a "probable human carcinogen". According to the NGOs this important scientific opinion must have an immediate impact on the ongoing regulatory procedure for the application for a re-approval of the substances.
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Monsanto's flagship pesticide linked to cancer and antibiotic resistance

PAN International calls for strong global response
The International Agency for Research and Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans".
The IARC concluded that there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals. The decision was made after 17 scientists met on March 20 at the IARC to assess the carcinogenicity of the herbicide glyphosate and 4 organophosphate pesticides.
PAN International Press Release dated April 2nd, 2015

Voices of pesticides now have a space to tell their stories

Voices of Pesticides For the first time a coalition of national and European NGOs have taken the initiative to bring together the voices of the victims of pesticide poisoning by launching a new website dedicated to telling their stories to coincide with the start of the 10th Pesticide Action Week. Joint Press Release of PAN Europe; Heal; PAN Germany; PAN Italia and Générations Futures (PAN France) dated March 20th, 2015

More than 10 percent of biocides indicate endocrine-disrupting properties

A new background paper published by the Environmental NGO Pesticide Action Network Germany (PAN Germany) emphasized that the EU Commission has delayed the evaluation and regulation of potential endocrine-disrupting biocides despite clear legal EU-provisions. PAN Germany provides a list of 27 potential endocrine disruptors. Affected are for example several active substances in wood preservatives and household insecticides.
PAN Germany Press Release dated January 15th, 2015

Endocrine disrupting biocides - Why highly hazardous biocides must be phases out

Cover Backroundpaper The background paper explains why the EU Commission has delayed the evaluation and regulation of potential endocrine disruptor biocides despite the clear legal EU-provisions. A PAN Germany investigation highlights that more than 10 percent of biocides shows endocrine-disrupting properties. Affected are, for example several active substances in wood preservatives and household insecticides.

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European citizens vote to ban pesticides– time for EU policy makers to follow suit

(Brussel, 24.09.2014) Across Europe, concern is growing about the use of hazardous pesticides and the effects they are having on people and the environment. There is a growing movement in France to support pesticide free towns and cities, across the EU people have been demonstrating against the effects of pesticides on bees and pollinators and in the latest development the citizens of the Italian town of Mals (South Tyrol) have just voted overwhelmingly to ban the use of pesticides in public and private areas.
Press Release from PAN Europe, PAN Germany, PAN UK, PAN Swiss and Générations Futures (PAN France)

Stop Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs)

Call to ban HHPs - Take action Decades’ of experience has shown that, despite numerous “safe use” programmes, the safe use of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) is not possible. People, farm animals, wildlife and the environment continue to suffer considerable harm from HHPs. After years of failure which have seen millions of deaths from pesticides worldwide, new policies are needed to stop pesticide poisonings and illness. A phaseout and ban of HHPs, along with new policies to support more sustainable alternatives, can make a change towards a healthy and sustainable world for all.
Join the PAN International call to ban HHPs! Take action!
PAN International Press Release (pdf-file) dated June 5th, 2014

Biocide-treated Consumer Products - Markets – Policies – Risks

Cover The new biocidal products Regulation enter into force on 1 September 2013. The PAN Germany publication summarizes the legislative changes with respect to biocide-treated articles; identifies important unresolved issues in implementation; and formulates recommendations for further action.
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Demands for Improved Protection of the Environment from the Adverse Effects of Veterinary Medical Products

Cover Hintergrundpapier Grundwasser How can an enhanced protection of the environment from the adverse effects of veterinary pharmaceuticals be achieved? In its position paper PAN Germany summarizes briefly the existing regulatory deficits - e.g. the lack of threshold values for pharmaceuticals in surface and ground water or the lack of effective measures in good husbandry to reduce the need for medical treatments - and lays down demands for measures which are needed to enhance the protection of the environment from the adverse effects of pharmaceutical pollution on various levels.
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Stop Pesticide Poisonings! A time travel through international pesticide policies

Cover A third updated and extended edition of the popular PAN Germany publication "Stop Pesticide Poisonings - A time travel through international pesticide policies" is now available.
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Field Guide to Non-chemical Pest Management in Orange Production

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PAN Germany has published the sixteenth field guide in a series on non-chemical pest management in the tropics. These (apart from two) crop specific field guides focus on just one crop and deal with all relevant information on how to manage agricultural pests (e.g. insects, mites, diseases) without using chemical pesticides.

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Ecological Impacts of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals: More Transparency - Better Protection of the Environment

Cover Tierarzneimittel Hintergrundpapier In the context of the revision of veterinary medicinal products legislation that is currently underway, this background paper focuses on three measures that would contribute to making information on the occurrence of veterinary drugs in the environment and their eco-toxicological effects more widely available and enhance protection of the environment from contamination with veterinary pharmaceuticals: Introduction of a monograph system, introduction of a monitoring system for pharmaceuticals in the environment, and the revision of the pharmacovigilance system for reporting negative effects on the environment. englishDownload English
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The EFSA Conclusion on the Peer Review of the Glyphosate Risk Assessment - A Reality Check

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The 31 August 2015 Addendum to the Renewal Assessment Report on Glyphosate - A critical analysis

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The Glyphosate Renewal Assessment Report - An Analysis of Gaps and Deficiencies

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