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Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides

Dear Friends,

In this issue we bring you many ways to engage in our efforts to protect family and community health and safeguard the land, air, water, and food that sustains us.

Learn about how Ashland, Oregon community members won gains to better protect their families and community from pesticides in parks.  We also share the "10 Steps to Pesticide Free Parks," if you want to get started in your own community.  There are a growing number of pesticide free parks throughout the Northwest and nationally.  Be part of the movement!

There are a number of actions you can take in this newsletter:  join the fight to help organic farmers retain federal organic certification financial assistance; help support the new IPM Voice, a group working for progressive and "greener" integrated pest management approaches; nominate Oregon folks for the Oregon Organic Coalition's Awards for Excellence; spread the word that NCAP is looking for new board members to join our excellent team!  If you are are not yet an NCAP member you can sign up on line or give us a call. We'd really like to have you with us.

Whether your interests are focused on health, water, wildlife, parks, farms, food or other issues, NCAP works continuously to advance ecologically sound solutions that help to reduce the use of pesticides.  We can't do it without committed supporters like you!  Small and large efforts alike get us closer to our goal of a healthier legacy for generations to come.

Happy Reading!

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Reducing Pesticide Use in Ashland, OregonIMG_1375

For more than a year, community members in Ashland, Oregon have been advocating for reducing pesticides in their parks.  Their year-long campaign came to a close at the end of May with mixed results. 

While pesticide-free parks were not officially added to the city's pesticide reduction plan, many good things resulted from the community speaking out and staying the course.  For example, a notice of 48 hours before and after pesticide applications will be required as well as 50 foot buffers around playgrounds, schools, picnic areas, wetlands and streams. 

These additions are vast improvements to the parks' policy. Community members are still working to ensure pesticide-free parks become a permanent program. Read the full article in the Ashland Daily Tidings.

If you are interested in working to reduce pesticide use in your community, check out NCAP's "10 Steps to Pesticide Free Parks."

IPMVOICENCAP is a Member of a New Group Promoting Strong Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policies

NCAP is a member of an emerging group, IPM Voice. IPM Voice is an independent organization working to secure the attention and resources that IPM deserves and needs. IPM Voice is organizing around a mission developed with input from 40 professionals representing industry, government, universities and nongovernmental organizations:

IPM Voice advocates for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) that is genuinely progressive and seeks continuous improvement of environmental, social, and economic conditions through application of accepted scientific principles. We comprise diverse philosophies and approaches united to support a broad foundation upon which IPM will be strengthened and improved.

Unfortunately, the President's 2011 budget eliminates funding for the Regional IPM Centers and other IPM programs included in United States Department of Agricutlure.

Please consider supporting IPM Voice. By supporting IPM Voice, you can help educate key decision makers about the importance of IPM in ensuring safe, healthy and environmentally sound agriculture, communities, schools and workplaces.

Click here to contribute to IPM Voice

Oregonians Save the Date:  Organically Grown in Oregon Week!

OGO LogoHQThe governor has proclaimed the week of September 13-19, 2010 as Organically Grown in Oregon Week and plans for this year’s celebration are under way.

Save the Date: Wednesday, September 15 the Oregon Organic Coalition Awards for Excellence Luncheon at the Ecotrust event space in Portland, 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

Submit nominations for the Awards at www.oregonorganiccoalition.org

Learning from the Past:  Don't be Duped by the Pesticide Industry

On June 2 and 3, CNN aired a special investigative report "Toxic America" highlighting how Americans are exposed to toxic chemicals everyday.  Check out CNN.com for replay times or to watch online

One thing that stood out about this series was a 1947 marketing video for DDT that was shown in department stores' housewares section. The video shows a woman liberally spraying DDT in every nook and cranny of her house, exemplifying how safe and easy it was to use.

DDT has been banned from use for more than forty years in the U.S. because of safety concerns.  However, before it was taken off the shelves, this video painted a much different picture of the chemical.  How many other pesticides are we being told are safe to use today?  What current pesticide marketing video will our children and grandchildren be shocked to see?

Want to Be a Part of Shaping NCAP's Future?  Join our Board!Board picture

NCAP is looking for leaders who are committed to our work and mission to be an integral part of our team.  Please help us find some new faces to help lead us into the future.  If you live in our 5-state region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, northern California, western Montana) and are interested in serving on our board, or know someone who might be, please contact Kim Leval.

One Step Closer to Cleaner WaterSalmon Jumping

Our effort to protect Northwest waters and endangered salmon is working. The government is in the process of enacting some of the strongest protections to date to keep pesticides out of salmon-supporting waters in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho!

The EPA and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) agree that current use of the organophosphate insecticides chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion harm endangered salmon populations.

In addition to jeopardizing salmon, these pesticides pose serious risks to people especially young children.  A number of recent studies have linked prenatal exposure to organophosphate insecticides with behavioral problems, including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  A 2006 study published in Pediatrics, compared the risks of chlorpyrifos to prenatal cocaine exposure. Diazinon exposure has been associated with an increased risk of brain cancer in children and the cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in farmers.

Not surprisingly agrochemical companies responded negatively to EPA and NMFS' recent announcement. They are working both in the courts and in Congress to stop the implementation of these important water quality protections. NCAP along with our allies at the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and Earthjustice are working to combat industries efforts. We may not have millions of dollars in resources, but we’re feisty!

Farm Bill Program Sign Up for Farmers Extended

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The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) sign up deadline for 2010 was extended two weeks to June 25. Just submit the basic 3-page application to your local NRCS field office by the deadline to get the process started.

CSP is a federal conservation program that rewards agricultural producers for practices and systems that protect the environment and natural resources and pays farmers to implement new conservation activities. Producers in the program receive five-year contracts with a payment cap of $40,000 per year.

For more information, visit the Organic Farming Research Foundation, Accessing the New Conservation Stewardship Program by ATTRA, or the NRCS web page.



June 2010 Issue
  • Letter from the Director
  • Reducing Pesticide Use in Ashland, Oregon
  • New Group:  IPM Voice
  • Organically Grown in Oregon Week
  • Learning From the Past
  • Join the NCAP Board!
  • One Step Closer to Cleaner Water
  • Farm Bill Program Sign Up for Farmers Extended

Take Action

Save the Organic Certification Cost-Share Program

This important program assists small and mid-size farmers with defraying some of the costs of the organic certification process.  H.R. 5326 is a threat to this program. 

Please tell your congressperson today that we need to continue this program in order to ensure all organic farmers have the support they need to be viable.

Click here to send a message to your representative!


Protect Oregon's Forestland and Rural Communities

Please take a moment to send comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Urge EPA to protect Oregon's forestland and rural communities from aerial pesticide applications. The deadline for comments is August 12.

Click Here for More Information

Breaking News

NCAP is Hiring!

NCAP is currently seeking a Campaigns Associate.  This new position will be an integral part of our campaign team and help to bring our message and work to the public.  Click here to learn more about the position and how to apply.

Endosulfan Phaseout Begins

This month the US joins 60 other countries in the ban of endosulfan.  The pesticide is used mainly on vegetables, apples and cotton.  The EPA claims that the risks "are greater than previously known, in many instances exceeding the agency’s levels of concern."   Read more about the ban.

Home and Garden Toolbox Tip: 

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are notorious for being costly and difficult to solve. In the Pacific Northwest, most calls from homeowners to pest control companies are about carpenter ant problems. Yet, there are straightforward ways to prevent carpenter ant challenges in your home and avoid the need to use pesticides.

Check out NCAP's Toolbox Tip on how to effectively control Carpenter Ants without pesticides.

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