Happy November! As you can perhaps guess, this month's update has much about the Food and Farm Bill: a giant piece of legislative work that manages much of our nation's food production.
Like any big congressional project, parts of the Farm Bill are contentious, and many groups disagree vehemently over how much funding should go to which programs. There are also those that object to the Farm Bill altogether because of the large subsidies it provides to chemically intensive industrial farms.
We at NCAP recognize the Farm Bill as an important vehicle (albeit one that needs serious reforms) for enhancing and promoting sustainable agriculture. We also know that the best, most defensible programs within the Farm Bill have been disproportionately targeted for cutbacks in this frantic fiscal climate. That's why we've been hard at work to defend Farm Bill conservation and organic programs that reduce pesticide use and reward farmers for being good stewards of the environment.
So, this month you'll read more about which programs we're batting for, and you'll get a glimpse of the wild process that is the Debt Super Committee.
Of course, we've been busy with other things too. Be sure to catch up on our recent legal victory against Dow Agrosciences, final opportunities to weigh in on GE deregulation, and the updated schedule for our event with Dr. Sandra Steingraber.
As always, NCAP thanks you for your awesome support. In the spirit of the season, we hope you have much to be thankful for as well.
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
Farm Bill Still in Play
In the blink of an eye, Congress appeared to be on track to write the next Food and Farm Bill.
Seemingly out of nowhere, the House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership announced they would write a Farm Bill in November. This fast track Farm Bill came out of the debt super committee process. While the ag committees were asked to provide funding level recommendations to the super committee, the ag committee leadership took the opportunity to prepare the next Farm Bill.
NCAP jumped into action to engage farmers and others in shaping our federal food and farm policy. As a member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, we focused on our key decision makers in the Northwest: a House Agriculture Committee member and Debt Super Committee co-chair.
Four Things for the Farm Bill
When it was expected that the Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership would present a Farm Bill to the debt super committee, NCAP and partners within the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition contacted our super committee member in the Northwest.
Last week we asked Senator Patty Murray (WA-D) to make four major changes to the expected Farm Bill proposal coming from the Agriculture Committee leadership.
Victory for Salmon...and Science!
On Halloween day, US courts upheld new measures to protect endangered salmon and steelhead from three highly toxic pesticides. The court's decision flatly denied counter claims filed by pesticide manufacturers by citing critical science that demonstrates how these pesticides harm fish.
This victory serves not only to protect people and wildlife from pesticides, it also preserves an important scientific and regulatory process from those who would corrupt it for profit.
Date Set for Steingraber Talk
Last month, our much anticipated evening with Sandra Steingraber was postponed due to an emergency in her family. This month, we are pleased to announce that the event has been rescheduled for April 5, 2012.
Any tickets you purchased for the private reception will be honored at the time of the event. If you are unable to attend on April 5th, NCAP will refund your ticket payment.
Look for updates and opportunities to purchase reception tickets on our website next month.
Natural Aphid Predators: Lacewing Larvae
NCAP volunteer and avid gardener, Genealle Visagorskis relies on lacewings for natural, non-chemical pest control in her home garden. Read what she has to say about how to recognize and utilize these awesome predators.
Business League Spotlight: Tabard Inn & Moby Dick Hotel
The Tabard Inn is Washington D.C.'s quintessential small hotel located on a quite tree-lined street just five blocks from the White House. Vibrant, yet unassuming, the Tabard Inn is comprised of 40 sleeping rooms, each unique in character and design. The Tabard Inn also has an acclaimed restaurant where you can feast on eclectic American cuisine. Visit them online for more info.
The Moby Dick Hotel and Oyster Farm is located on Willapa Bay and the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington State. The Moby Dick has a long history of serving the public as a hostelry and restaurant and was originally built in 1929-1930. The buildings and furnishings have been restored in the spirit of the 30's with an eclectic, bohemian charm offering a unique and comfortable atmosphere. Nine rooms, all with their own stylishly funky personality, come packaged with a full breakfast. Spacious public rooms include two living rooms and a small lounge upstairs, complemented by a classic fireplace. For more information on The Moby Dick Hotel visit their website.
Do you have a business?
Join the growing list of businesses that are standing up for a healthy environment! Visit the Business League webpage to learn more about becoming an NCAP Business League member.
Get a 'Pesticide-free Area' Sign
Donate through the Ladybug Lovely monthly giving program and receive a new Pesticide-free Area sign from NCAP and Mountain Rose Herbs. The sign is made from recycled aluminum, so it's a responsible and durable way to state your values!
Call 541-344-5044 ext.17 to learn more about the Ladybug Lovely and how to get your sign.
Letter from the Director
Farm Bill Still in Play
Four Things for the Farm Bill
Victory for Salmon and Science
Natural Aphid Predators
NCAP Business League
Get a 'Pesticide-free' Sign!
Take Action: Stop Deregulation of
The USDA/APHIS is accepting comments on the deregulation of genetically engineered 'Roundup Ready' sugarbeets.
We urge you to send in your comments opposing deregulation.
EPA releases new guidance document for pesticide registrants seeking to waive acute toxicity tests.
EQIP Organic Initiative Bulletin published, important program updates.
Idaho communities get a new guide on Safer Weed and Pest Control.
Oregon residents await results of pesticide exposure testing.
Sustainable Places Information Network
Bed bugs in your apartment building? Visit NCAP's professional network, SPIN, to ask other property managers how they're coping without chemicals.
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Become a Member!
Join NCAP today and add your voice to the pesticide reform movement. Your tax-deductible donation will help protect the health of people and the environment!
Treat Your Skin and Support NCAP!
Alchemilla has partnered with NCAP by pledging a two dollar donation from the sale of every Alchemilla Organic Skin Care Trial Kit.
This financial commitment to NCAP helps to support our work and provides Alchemilla customers a convenient way to sample their skin care products.