NEW - See Georgina's latest article in Counterpunch entitled "Poison in the Fields: Agriculture as Chemical Warfare"
NEW - See the UK Pesticides Campaign's evidence to the Lords agriculture BREXIT inquiry
NEW - See Georgina's latest article entitled "If not about climate change then was Myron Ebell No 10 meeting in fact about pesticides?"
NEW - Sign the petition to the Prime Minister for a BAN all crop spraying of poisonous pesticides near our homes, schools and playgrounds!
See Georgina's article in the Ecologist entitled "No, the UN has not given glyphosate a 'clean bill of health'"
See Georgina's article in the Ecologist entitled "From Hillsborough to pesticides: establishment cover-ups, lies and corruption"
See Georgina's article in Counterpunch entitled "Hillsborough and Beyond: Establishment Cover Ups, Lies and Corruption"
See Georgina's article in Counterpunch entitled "The Ludicrous European Parliament Vote on Glyphosate"
See Georgina's article in the Ecologist entitled "Disgraceful 'Honour' for failing to protect people from poisons"
See Georgina's article entitled "Tainted Honours list reaches new low by rewarding the catastrophic failure to protect people from toxic pesticides"
See Georgina's article in the Ecologist entitled "It's not just glyphosate and neonicotinoids! Why we need a pesticide-free future"
Georgina is shortlisted in the 2015 Observer Ethical Awards "Green Briton of the Year" category. The award is decided by public votes so click here to add your vote for Georgina and support her campaign and work
See Georgina's article in the Ecologist entitled "Thank you Greens! Now other parties too must keep us safe from pesticides"
PRESS RELEASE - (14th April 2015) - Response to the Green Party's manifesto pledge to prohibit the use of crop pesticides in the locality of residents' homes, schools, children's playgrounds - Adobe PDF
See Georgina's article in the Ecologist entitled "Negligent and unlawful: EFSA's latest guidance on pesticide use and exposure"
See Georgina's article in the Ecologist entitled "Agricultural pesticides - the gaping hole in the UK's 'Pollinator Strategy'"
Georgina was recently shortlisted in the Observer Ethical Awards "Local Hero" category. The award was decided by public votes and Georgina came second against a strong field of nominees. Georgina says "Thanks to everyone that voted for me, tweeted, facebooked, spread the word etc. as your support is very much appreciated. The campaign will continue pressing for the necessary and urgent measures to protect residents for now, and for future generations."
Jamie Oliver tweets his support for Georgina's campaign and work
See Georgina's article in the Ecologist entitled "Pesticides can cause cancer - so why does CRUK ignore them?"
See Georgina's article in the Ecologist entitled "Pesticides - the Government must protect us!"
See Georgina's article in Natural News entitled "UK Government's pesticides reform doesn't go far enough"
See the article in the Farmers Guardian that covers the significant victory for Georgina's campaign
PRESS RELEASE - Significant victory for Georgina as the Government is to finally change the policy approach for assessing the risk to public health from pesticides - Adobe PDF
See the UK Pesticides Campaign's response to the Environmental Audit Committee report - 5th April 2013
See the UK Pesticides Campaign's evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry
See Georgina's contribution to the Guardian's Eco Audit on 27th September 2012
See Georgina's letter to the Chair of the Pesticides Forum regarding some serious issues with the Pesticides Forum annual reports - Adobe PDF
See the UK Pesticides Campaign's submission to the 2012 DEFRA Consultation on the draft UK National Action Plan (NAP) for pesticides
Urgent – Rural residents and others exposed to toxic pesticides make your voices heard in DEFRA Pesticides Consultation which is only open until 22nd October 2012
PRESS RELEASE - Coalition Government's announcement on pesticides issued today is a disgrace, says leading environmental campaigner - Word document
See Georgina's article in the Ecologist entitled "The pesticides scandal: Government inaction is destroying lives," 22nd October 2010 - Read here
PRESS RELEASE - Chemical farming is costing the country billions of pounds, Government told - Download Word Doc
See the UK Pesticides Campaign's submission to the 2010 DEFRA Consultation - Document 1 (Sections 1 to 3) - Document 2 (Section 4)
Urgent – Rural residents and others exposed to toxic pesticides make your voices heard in DEFRA Pesticides Consultation which is only open until 4th May 2010 - Download Word Doc
See Georgina's article in the Guardian entitled "Why I'm taking my case to protect the public from pesticides to the European Courts," dated 25th January 2010 - Read here
PRESS RELEASE - Damning factual evidence that exposes the UK Government's fundamental failure to protect the public from pesticides is published today for the first time - Adobe PDF
Critical factual evidence and arguments relied upon in Georgina's Judicial Review legal case is now available - Read here
Click here to read Georgina's Letter to the Court of Appeal Judges, dated 2nd July 2009 - Adobe PDF
PRESS RELEASE - 7th July 2009 Pesticides public health scandal whitewash following bizarre Court of Appeal judgment, as campaigner vows to fight on to the House of Lords. - word document
See Georgina's full statement outside the Royal Courts of Justice - word document
Click here to read Georgina's address to the Judges during the Court of Appeal hearing in May - Adobe PDF
See Georgina's article regarding her High Court victory in the February 2009 edition of the Ecologist magazine - Adobe PDF
UK Government's arrogance and contempt for rural residents continues as DEFRA to appeal High Court ruling - Adobe PDF
Historic Victory for Georgina in her Landmark High Court Action as Government Policy on Pesticides is Ruled Unlawful
Georgina named a "Woman of the Year"
Georgina wins the Observer's Secret Pioneers poll
Georgina nominated in new Inspiration Awards for Women - To support Georgina and the UK Pesticides Campaign click here to add your vote
Georgina's landmark High Court action against the UK Government begins today - Tuesday 15th July - Click here to see Georgina's address to the Judge - Adobe PDF
Georgina wins the Daily Mail's Inspirational Eco Woman Of The Year Award
See Georgina interviewed on BBC 6 o'clock news (16th May 2008) regarding the new European pesticide proposals
See BBC News article regarding the new European pesticide proposals
Click here to see a brief overview of the new European pesticide policy proposals - Word document | Adobe PDF
June 2008 special Eco-Chic issue of Marie Claire magazine includes Georgina in its "Action Heroes" feature (pages 191-196 of the magazine) - Click here for further info
Georgina nominated in the Daily Mail's Inspirational Women Of The Year Awards
See Georgina's article in the September 2007 edition of the Ecologist magazine entitled “If I were in charge of the UK's pesticides policy.....” - Adobe PDF
Georgina granted permission by judge to challenge the Government's pesticide policy in the High Court - Listen Again to Radio 4's Woman's Hour that featured the story
Article by Georgina entitled "Why I am taking legal action against the Government over pesticides" - Word document | Adobe PDF
Georgina nominated in this year's Great Briton Awards 2006. To support Georgina and the UK Pesticides Campaign click here to add your vote
Georgina wins Cosmopolitan magazine's 2006 Heroine Award - Word document | Adobe PDF
here to see article entitled "Pesticide Nun" profiling Georgina and
her campaign that appears in the April 2006 issue of Ecologist
magazine (www.theecologist.org) -
Adobe PDF (8MB)
Georgina wins prestigious award at the 2006 British Environment and Media Awards (BEMAs) - Word document
Georgina listed in Top 20 Power Players in UK Farming
A Breath Of Fresh Air?
Campaign Information and Objectives
Bystander Risk Assessment - Background information
DEFRA Consultation on crop-spraying - Information and links
Georgina Downs' submission to the Consultation
Royal Commission On Environmental Pollution Consultation on Crop-Spraying and Public Meeting
Georgina Downs' submission to the Royal Commission's pesticides and bystander exposure study
Exposures - UK and International Policy Failings Presentation given by
Georgina Downs at the conference "Science, Medicine and the Law" on 1st
February 2005 and the Green Party conference on 3rd March 2005 - Powerpoint slides (600KB)
and accompanying commentary - Word document
Video - Pesticide Exposures for People in Agricultural Areas - Part 1: Pesticides in the Air | Part 2: The Hidden Costs
Comprehensive Review of Pesticide Research Confirms Dangers
See Alun Michael's announcement following the DEFRA Consultation on
crop-spraying and Georgina Downs' response in the Press Release "A
the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution published their report
“Crop Spraying and the Health of Residents and
Bystanders.” So, what will the Royal Commission’s
recommendations really mean for rural residents and communities?
Launch edition of Lifescape magazine October 2005 features Georgina's campaign - Adobe PDF
Zones - How Big Should They Be?" Presentation given by Georgina Downs
at the meeting "Putting the RCEP Into Practice" on 16th November
2005 - Powerpoint slides
and accompanying commentary - Word document
See Georgina Downs' submission to the National Pesticides Strategy Consultation Document - Word document
See summary of the Committee on Toxicity's (COT) discussion of the Royal Commission's report on 14th February 2006 - Adobe PDF
and Georgina's comments to the COT, as an observer - Adobe PDF
Georgina assesses the links
between pesticides and ME in new article published in June 2006
edition of Interaction, the magazine of the charity Action for ME
(AFME) - Adobe PDF
Georgina has article on pesticide exposure published in April 06 edition of Outlooks on Pest Management - Adobe PDF
Georgina meets EU Commissioner for Health and informs him of UK Government complacency over pesticides - Word document
following are links to the relevant websites, for other formats (plain
text, Word document and Adobe PDF) click the corresponding link:
A Breath of Fresh Air? - 18/3/03 Text | Word | PDF
Toxic Politics - 15/9/03 Text |
Word | PDF
Paying to be Poisoned - 3/11/03 Text | Word | PDF
A Rural Idyll? - 20/1/04 Text | Word | PDF
Action on Pesticides Needed Now - 25/4/04 Text | Word | PDF
A Legal Poisoning? - 16/6/04 Text | Word
Chief Scientific Advisor Did Not See Vital Evidence Prior to DEFRA Decision on Crop Spraying - 3/8/04 Text | Word
published by the Government do not give a true representation of the
numbers of reports of adverse effects from pesticide exposure - Text | Word
Pesticides Campaigner urges Government to assess cases of prostate cancer - Text | Word
campaigner accuses Government of inconsistency following the immediate
withdrawal of products containing Sudan 1 and the lack of any action to
prevent human exposure to pesticides - Text | Word
amongst members of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides over the safety
of pesticides continues with the publication of Minority Statement - Text | Word
Government criticised over pesticides as EFRA Committee recommend the prioritisation of pesticide issues in new report - 4th April 2005 Text | Word
Rural residents disappointed by delay on Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's report on pesticides - Text | Word
New Parkinson's research highlights flaws in regulatory controls for pesticides - Text | Word
calls for urgent action to protect children, as new study highlights
illnesses from pesticides sprayed in and around schools - Text | Word
A Right Royal Poisoning - Text | Word
Key Government Advisor's (the ACP) Criticised Over Pesticides - Text | Word
continues to ignore Key Stakeholders (rural residents and communities)
and the health impacts of pesticides, in new National Pesticides
Strategy - Text | Word
Calls for immediate action to protect people from pesticides as study
finds the risk of Parkinson’s disease 70 % higher for those
exposed to pesticides - Word document
Leading Pesticides Campaigner gives damning verdict of Government report on the health risks of pesticides - Word document
Leading pesticides campaign calls for action as preliminary study
findings show pesticide exposure damages the same brain areas linked to
epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s - Word document
A Perfectly Legal Poisoning - Sunday Telegraph 23/3/03
Georgina's Fight Against Toxic Peril - The Observer 13/4/03
Suffering and Tragedy in a Kent Village - The Observer 13/4/03
Can We Have a Breath of Fresh Air? - The Observer 13/4/03
It's Safer in a Hive - Sunday Telegraph 4/5/03
Campaigner Steps up Pesticide Fight - The Argus 23/7/03
Whitewash for Crop Sprays - Sunday Telegraph 31/8/03
Families' Lives Poisoned by Crop-spraying - The Observer 2/5/04
Pesticide Platitudes - Sunday Telegraph 20/6/04
Defra snubs the young crusader - Sunday Telegraph 8/8/04
School Study Sparks Pesticide Row - BBC News 27th July 2005
Crop Spraying is Health Risk, say Scientists - Sunday Times 11th September 2005
How Living Near a Farm is Bad for Your Health - Daily Mail 22nd September 2005
Downs is Dangerous - Sunday Telegraph 25th September 2005
Danger Zone - The Guardian 28th September 2005
Fury at 16ft Farm Spray Safety Zone - The Argus 29th September 2005
Study reveals pesticides link to Parkinson’s - The Sunday Times 25th June 2006
Study shows Parkinson's disease link to pesticides - The Times 26th June 2006
Pesticides dramatically increase risk of Parkinson's - Daily Mail 25th June 2006
Judgment day for pesticide crusader - The Observer 16th July 2006
Breathing pesticides 'can trigger MS and Parkinson's disease' - Daily Mail 9th August 2006
Other Related Media
Illness Blamed on Crop-spraying - BBC News 16/4/03
Too Close for Comfort - BBC Breakfast News 5/8/03
Something Sinister in the Fields - BBC Politics Show East 11th July 2004
Protect the Public from Pesticides - Letter to the Editor, Daily Telegraph 28th May 2005
Pesticide Exposure for People in Agricultural Areas - Science in Parliament magazine Spring Edition 2005 - Word document
Pesticides - BBC Breakfast - 22nd September 2005
Protection from Pesticides - Letter to the Editor, The Guardian - 27th September 2005
Inspirational Voice - FOE Earthalert PDF Pages 12-15 - Summer 2003