Pesticides and Agroecology in the Occupied West Bank

This is the second of a two-part report on the the key findings and conclusions of a joint fact-finding mission by PANAP and APN in May 2016 in the Occupied West Bank on the human rights implications of the Israeli illegal production, trade and dumping of pesticides. This report explains how human rights violations and threats to Palestinian food sovereignty are perpetrated in the context of the Israeli military border control and illegal occupation, in which Palestinian agriculture is embedded.

Date Published:
February 20, 2017

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Herbicide Resistant Crops: The Truth About the World’s Most Widely Grown Engineered Plants

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Dear friends,

We are happy to inform you that PANAP’s factsheet on Herbicide Resistant Crops will be available in a new format and on-line at the PANAP website.

The factsheet will greatly help advocates like us in our fight against agrochemical cartels that bind societies to the vicious cycle of pesticides use. The author, Bill Freese’s pronouncements regarding the marketing of crops with multiple resistance to herbicides is now happening.

Below is the factsheet’s synopsis:

Herbicide Resistant Crops: The Truth About the World’s Most Widely Grown Engineered Plants debunks the agrochemical industry’s claims that genetically modified (GM) crops are the solution to world hunger and malnutrition. Citing various evidence, the factsheet reveals that the use of glyphosate-resistant seeds (GRCs) has worsened the plight of small farmers and tied them up to Monsanto, DuPont, Dow and Bayer.

The health and environmental impacts are as devastating including cancer and other serious illnesses as well as depletion of soil nutrients and expansion of resistant weeds, among others. Worse, the agrochem giants are now poised to release crops resistant to more hazardous herbicides. Freese’s article exposes the flawed science of GM crops, warns governments from embracing the technology, and strongly recommends the adoption of agroecology.

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For a #PesticidesFreeWorld,
The PANAP family

Published: 2012

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Stories from the Field: Women Working Towards a Non-Toxic Environment

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The book contains 25 stories of 25 women farmers from Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and China. The booklet highlights how women farmers were influenced by the work of dedicated organizations and how various activities and support resulted in mobilization of communities to start working for improved livelihoods, through reduction of pesticides use and shift to agroecology.

Date Published:
October 17, 2016

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Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology

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This publication provides information drawn from all regions to assist countries in replacing HHPs with ecosystem-based approaches to pesticide and crop management – replacing chemicals with biology. It draws together previously published and new material in a form that is accessible for policy- and decision-makers at the national and international level, as well as providing practical guidance at the farm and farm-support level. It also points out that use, and phasing out, of HHPs must be seen in the context not only of human health and environmental impacts and costs, but also in the context of food security, poverty reduction, and climate change.

Date Published:
November 15, 2015

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Realise, Resist, Reclaim

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Dedicated to the people’s movements who are in the forefront of the struggle to realise their aspirations and full potential, to resist oppressive, repressive and exploitative systems and institutions. It is also to the people’s movement to reclaim rights to land and productive resources, food sovereignty, gender justice and environmental sustainability. “Realise, Resist and Reclaim” captures one valuable stream of a galaxy of social transformation movements that is fed and facilitated by the Pesticide Action Network in Asia and the Pacific (PANAP). It has led the global campaigning for safer food, sustainable agricultural practices and for a pro-people ecologically sustainable future. Significantly, it also sought to ensure that the rights of women are not only respected but that women are empowered to resist and develop their future vision and frameworks of action. All too often, social movements forget to document such important expressions of the long and difficult journey for transformational change.

Date Published:
September 4, 2013

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Women Reclaim Our Seeds

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This booklet shares women’s successful initiatives to revitalise local varieties and to celebrate women’s resilience and knowledge systems in food and agriculture production. It is to recognise women’s strengths, innovativeness and contributions in sustainable agricultural practices and in ensuring food security for her family and community. The stories come from the diverse experiences of women-led or managed initiatives in sustainable farming practices across Asia where they play key roles as custodians of seeds.

Date Published:
May 20, 2013

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