This month's update begins with sad news. It's with a heavy heart that I report the death of NCAP board member, Karl Arne, who passed away after a two year battle with multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer. Karl was a friend, someone who was truly dedicated to our mission, and someone who will be dearly missed. Below you'll find our tribute to him, as well as a link to his tribute in the Kitsap Sun. Please read about Karl and the great life he led.
We know that cancer effects millions of people. We also know that many pesticides are known to cause cancer. An even larger number are suspected to cause cancer.
Understanding this link gives us a responsibility to act; a responsibility to protect people and the planet from these toxic chemicals. It's why we do what we do.
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
Remembering Karl Arne
I recall the many smart and passionate conversations I had with Karl, and the influence he had on our work. Many of NCAP's federal efforts, including the push for better pesticide monitoring at EPA, are part of Karl’s legacy. Those projects began as his ideas.
Read NCAP's Full Tribute
Read Karl's Tribute in the Kitsap Sun
The Simple Truth
Kids have a talent for speaking truth plainly, and that's a useful skill when it comes to advocating for change. That's why we decided to share some recent reflections from NCAP supporter Haylee-Ann. She is six years old.
"I like sliding in the snow. I like running in the rain. I like sleeping in my bed. I like planting the garden. But I can't stand to use pesticides. Pesticides are bad for everything, especially humans. I love birds and animals."
Thanks Haylee-Ann! We have a lot in common.
What do your kids think about nature? Pesticides? Find us on facebook to share your kid's poems and drawings.
New Law Will Protect Kids at Oregon Schools
A new law takes effect next week that will help safeguard children's health by reducing pesticide use in Oregon's schools. The policy, which requires schools to develop "IPM" or Integrated Pest Management plans, aims to help schools avoid using toxic chemicals by preventing pest problems altogether.
Hear NCAP discuss this law on Jefferson Public Radio
Farm Bill Update
The Senate has passed its version of the Farm Bill. Thank you for calling on lawmakers to support important organic provisions! Senator Jeff Merkley's (D, OR) Organic Crop Insurance amendment to the farm bill passed, as have other amendments requiring basic conservation standards for crop insurance and limiting insurance subsidies for the wealthiest farmers. Several anti-environment amendments failed to make it to a vote, including Senator Mike Johanns' (R, NE) amendment to eliminate permitting requirements for pesticide applications near waterways. Beyond Pesticides has published a synopsis of these and related amendments that passed/falied this week's Senate vote.
See the media release from our partners at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and look for more updates from us as the bill moves into the house next month!
Supporter Spotlight: Eve & Dennis Heidtmann
Like many NCAP members, Eve and Denis Heidtmann take great pleasure in gardening. Over the years, they’ve transformed their backyard into a habitat for birds, insects and even the occasional amphibian. They’ve kept a journal of their outdoor observations, which Eve calls “a sort of family album for our yard.”
Eve and Denis first encountered NCAP shortly after they moved from Boston to Oregon in 1980. When they moved into their new home, they found that their backyard shed was full of noxious weed-killers and insecticides. Before she began planting vegetables in her new garden, Eve wanted to find out more about the soil.
“We asked around for safe solutions to this problem and were so grateful to learn about NCAP.”
In addition to the garden, Eve and Denis also maintain a web site, mindfulcooking.org, which provides recipes and resources for people interested in “eating lower on the food chain.” They’ve started hosting potlucks with other people who are invested in healthy and ethical eating.
Sometimes, Eve says, the problems we’re facing can seem overwhelming. She had some good advice, though, for others who share her commitments: “Find an issue or two that calls to you and give it your best, and then give thanks for all the other people who are working on everything else.”
Take the Pesticide-Free Pledge!
Most issues you encounter in your home, yard or garden can be avoided or solved using ecological alternatives. That means being pesticide-free isn't just better for the environment, it's also easy! Do your part and take the Pesticide-Free Pledge for 2012.
Take the Pledge
An Evening with NCAP: Healthy Harvest, Oct. 6th
Our fourth annual Evening with NCAP has been set for Saturday, October 6th in Eugene, OR. The theme this year is Healthy Harvest. Please plan to join us for dinner and music celebrating NCAP's 35 years of pesticide reform work, and a fundraiser auction supporting our current programs.
You can also support NCAP by donating items for the auction. Consider offering a gift certificate from your favorite business, a weekend “getaway” for two, dinner at a favorite restaurant, a wilderness adventure...anything creative, fun or unique. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated!
If you are a business owner, this is a great opportunity to increase your exposure and goodwill in the community. By making a donation, your business will automatically renew (or join) the NCAP Business League and be thanked on promotional materials for the event including all print and online. All contributions to NCAP are tax deductible.
To donate an item, email Shelly Connor or call her at 541-344-5044 ext. 17.
Many Ways to Give
Strength in Numbers
Refer a Friend Special
To commemorate NCAP's 35th Anniversary, we are launching the Strength in Numbers Campaign and inviting you to be a part of the 35th Anniversary Leadership Giving Circle.
The 35th Anniversary Leadership Giving Circle consists of donors giving above and beyond their memberships in order to help NCAP build a matching fund. Members will receive a limited edition recycled Chico shopping bag with NCAP’s 35th Anniversary logo for gifts of $100 or more.
If you are a current member, get a friend to join NCAP at $30 or more and you BOTH will receive an NCAP 35th Anniversary grocery bag made of 100% recycled material. Just be sure your friend mentions your name when they join. More voices means more positive change and healthier communities! (while supplies last, United States shipping only).
New Members Get a Pesticide Free Area Sign
When you join as a new member with $30 or more, you 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!
To donate, click the button or contact Shelly Connor at (541) 344-5044 ext. 17.