If you've followed the news over the last few weeks, you've no doubt seen a lot about pesticides. Some of it has been unusually awful.
It's almost impossible to grasp a tragedy like one that just occured in India, where 23 young children were fatally poisoned by a pesticide that contaminated their school lunch. In the most extreme way imaginable, this event gives reality to the worst of possible scenarios involving children and pesticide exposure. And it is sadder and more poignant because of the fact that it occured at their school, a place where they went to learn and grow. A place where they should have been safe.
I'd be putting it lightly to say that schools in our communities don't face the same challenges as schools in Bihar, India. That said, if you're thinking, "that would never happen here," then you're missing the point...
Pesticides are dangerous. Usually more dangerous than we realize. Yet we use over one billion (1,000,000,000!) pounds of them each year here in the United States.
It's why we're committed to finding alternatives, and it's why we urge you to commit too.
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives
to Pesticides (NCAP)
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
Blumenauer Bill Targets Neonics, Saves Bees
Earlier this month, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) annnounced a strong new piece of legislation that would stop many uses of neonicotinoid pesticides and direct the EPA to perform an additional evaluation of their impacts on pollinators like bees. The bill is co-sponsored by John Conyers (D-MI).
NCAP supports this bill whole heartedly, and we hope you will too. Please contact your Federal Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor the Save America's Pollinators Act of 2013!
Read More and Take Action!
Purple Sage Farms Recap
Our first field day was a blast! Big thanks to all of you who joined us, and especially to Purple Sage Farms
Here's our recap
from the event. If you missed it, why not join us for the next one at Wood River Organics
, next Wednesday, July 31. More details on that below.
Summer Field Days
There are three field days left this summer. Don't miss your chance to get a close look at sustainable practices and learn new farming techniques from the real experts: farmers!
Here's what's coming up:
Wednesday, July 31
Wood River Organics
Wednesday, September 4
Induced Resistance as a Component of Potato Disease Management
Aberdeen R&E Center, University of Idaho
Thursday, September 11
“Growing Organic Seed in Idaho: How to for Farmers"
Canyon Bounty Farm
Nampa, ID (with the Organic Seed Alliance)
Tickets are available through pesticide.org. Contact Jennifer Miller for more information.
Volunteering and Internships
Looking for something to do this summer? Why not get involved and help protect the environment by volunteering or interning with NCAP? We have several exciting new positions we are looking to fill and would love to have you on board with us.
Check out our open positions and get in touch with us today!
Volunteer and Internship Poisitions
Be a Part of Our Healthy Harvest!
One great way to support NCAP is by donating items for our annual Healthy Harvest silent auction.
We are in search of unique items that will help us raise the much needed funds to do our work and to make our event exciting! Consider offering a gift certificate from your favorite business-- a weekend “getaway” for two... dinner at a favorite restaurant... a wilderness trekking adventure... a mountain bike or other outdoor gear...
handcrafted jewelry... any fun, creative contribution will be greatly appreciated!
West Nile Virus, Mosquito Abatement, and What You Can Do
Each summer, many communities turn to neighborhood fogging and aerial spraying to quell concerns about West Nile Virus. Fortunately, some communities offer 'spray opt out' programs and alternative mosquito abatement plans. See our website or more information on these programs and alternative mosquito abatement strategies:
Example: Ada County No Spray Program
NCAP Resources on Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus
We're happy to help you solve those home, garden, and farming issues without using toxic chemicals. Check out our online archives for tips on alternatives to pesticides and factsheets on common pesticide products. If you don't see what you're looking for, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're here to help!
If pest control is part of your job, check out our Sustainable Places Information Network to connect with other pros seeking greener ways to get the job done.
NCAP is a proud member of EarthShare Oregon.
Systemic pesticides linked to widespread increase in wildlife diseases.
Some uses for fipronil, a pesticide commonly used to treat pets for fleas, now banned by EU fearing their impact on bees.
Farmworkers push EPA for more protection from pesticide exposure.
Indian schoolchildren fatally poisoned by food contaminated with pesticide.
Your voice matters, use it! Visit our updated Action Center for information and opportunities to reduce pesticide use, protect communities, and influence state and federal policies.
Toolbox Tip: What to do if You've Been Sprayed
Maybe your yard was accidentally sprayed by a neighbr. Or maybe you live next to farm or timber operations who constantly apply pesticides. Maybe your city is spraying right now for mosquitoes. Whatever the case, it's good to know what to do if you've been sprayed.
You've Been Sprayed, What Can You Do?
Eat for the Earth
Our July 'Eat for the Earth' day will be at Ninkasi Brewing on July 22.
From 5 pm till close, a portion of all pint sales will be donated to NCAP!
Stay tuned for more! We are pleased to partner with other local restaurants and breweries who are supporting our work each month in 2013.
NCAP thanks all the Business League members that supported us this month! They are:
Western Ag Research
Clear Springs Food
Buono Pest Control
We Rent Goats
Click Here to join the growing list of businesses that support alternatives to pesticides.