New report shows how industry managed to sweep harmful effects of pesticides and genetic engineering under the carpet. Eleven out of 12 EU pesticide and GMO risk assessment methods studied were developed or promoted by industry, a new report from Pesticide Action Network (PAN) shows.

The organochlorine insecticide endosulfan is currently taking centre stage, alongside its cousin DDT, in global efforts to eliminate some of the worst pesticides. But whilst the use of DDT is now largely confined to vector control in Africa, endosulfan is still used on many crops in many countries

In total 349 different pesticides are present in food products sold in the EU. Some 45.7% of food items tested are found to contain pesticides, including 5%

This case study reports findings from survey, workshop and focus group activities with smallholder horticulture growers in Senegal as part of the Food & Fairness project conducted by PAN UK and PAN Africa during May 2005-Jan.2008.


This booklet gives a simple overview for a non-technical audience on what pesticides are and the hazards they pose, with a focus on pesticide residues in food and how to avoid these. It also discusses how farmers and farm workers can be affected, particularly in developing countries, and the costs society pays for pesticide problems.