This report presents the results of a wide-ranging survey of how pesticides are used in the field by communities around the world. It shows that hazardous pesticides are routinely used in unsafe situations, and supports the call by international agencies for more assertive action on pesticide hazards. The report illustrates the urgent need for significant investment and policy support for agroecological approaches to food, feed and fibre production.
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America carried out surveys in 21 areas of 13 countries, based on community monitoring strategies. PAN groups in the United States monitored the air for the presence of pesticides. The material presented from Africa, Asia and Latin America is based on interviews with 2220 women and men from farming communities, agricultural workers and rural communities affected by spray drift.
Since its founding in 1982, PAN has worked to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. An important basis and tool of PAN’s work has been monitoring the distribution, use and disposal of pesticides. The latest result of PAN monitoring initiatives is this report. It documents that pesticides still cause wide-ranging hazards, risks and poisoning Africa, Asia and the Americas.