Campaign Information and Objectives

"Not a single tested pesticide has ever been proven safe."
Professor Dennis Parke, Former Chairman WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues

Pesticide Facts:

  • Pesticides are poisonous chemicals deliberately designed to be toxic and are inherently hazardous to human health. They include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, molluscicides, acaricides, biocides, amongst others

  • There is currently no legal obligation for farmers to notify anyone of any intended spraying application or to supply information on the chemicals being used, regardless of whether adverse health effects have been suffered... more

  • At the present time a crop-sprayer is legally allowed to repeatedly spray mixtures of poisonous chemicals right up to the open window of any occupied premises whether it be a resident's home, a school (nursery, infant, primary etc.) a home for the elderly or disabled or any office or workplace

  • The "bystander risk assessment" is not representative of the long-term exposure of a resident living in an agricultural area...more

  • There has been over 50 years of documented scientific and medical evidence in relation to pesticides and their damaging effects on human health, including from Government's very own documentation...more

  • The cost/benefit analysis of pesticides is incomplete and therefore invalid, as the full external costs of pesticide use have never been calculated anywhere ... more


The only responsible course of action for the EU and UK Government to take is:-

  • An immediate ban on crop-spraying and the use of pesticides near to homes, schools, workplaces and any other places of human habitation. (NB. Small no - spray "buffer" zones will not be protecting anyone and therefore a much larger distance is required. The land that is not sprayed could still be farmed using sustainable non-chemical management practices)

  • The introduction of a new legal obligation to warn people before any spraying application and to provide all the necessary chemical information and also for any member of the public who enquires to have direct access to a farm's spray history in view of any chronic long-term illness/disease

  • To recognise and admit the effects that pesticides have on human health, as prevention of pesticide poisoning is the only way to protect people from pesticide related ill-health

  • A move away from chemical dependency and the strong ties with the agro-chemical industry to the widespread adoption of sustainable non-chemical and natural farming methods to protect public health and the environment, as this has to be the number one priority and take absolute precedence over economics and trade or any other financial considerations

**NOTE: Please note this page is still currently under development