It’s been an exciting year. 2011 brought not one, but two court victories, resulting in safer waterways for endangered Pacific salmon and steelhead; we attracted new partners in Oregon and Idaho to help Northwest organic farmers have a strong voice in sustainable agriculture, and NCAP pilot projects helped reduce pesticide use in schools, homes and parks throughout the northwest.

In this report, we want to share stories about the people who inspired us and worked with us along the way. From India's food and farming advocate, Vandana Shiva, to Oregon's 'Bed Bug Csar,' Jon Wild, these are folks whose commitment to alternatives should stand as an example to all.

As you read, remember that you are a part of this work - your stories, your support, and the actions you take to protect your own families and communities. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for your continued inspiration!

Happy Holidays,

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Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)

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Northwest Meets South Asia

Kim Leval and Vandana ShivaProtecting the environment is hard. It shouldn’t be, but it is. Working to stop pesticide use and reform farming systems gets a lot of wealth and power rallied against you. Agrochemical companies go to great lengths to perpetuate the pesticide treadmill and protect their profits, which are considerable. But we are richer. The advocacy world is full of dedicated, inspiring people who have a talent for speaking truth to power. In March, NCAP visited with one of the best, internationally renowned scientist and activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva.

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Wild About Bed Bugs

Bed BugAmong the many responsibilities of managing multiple, high occupancy apartment buildings, there is the constant task of looking out for rodents, roaches, and the like. It goes beyond complying with health and safety codes, it’s a matter of maintaining healthy spaces and keeping residents happy. A big job.

This job got a lot harder for Jon Wild and other property managers when bed bugs moved into major cities all across the country.

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Sink or Swim

Jim BronecQuestion: if you were on a ship that was sinking, would you climb in a lifeboat and start rowing, or would you throw the lifeboat overboard to lighten the load? This seemingly easy-to-answer question has given Congress a hard time in the form of ‘What to do with sustainable agriculture programs now that the economy is failing?’

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Tug of War

Tug-o-warIn 2011, pesticide manufacturers proved they would stop at nothing to maintain sales of their products, no matter how harmful they proved to be. They stalled, spent and lobbied. When that all failed, they sued.

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Looking for a New Year's Resolution? Take the Pledge!
PFZ SignMost 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.

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Leaf CompostAvid gardener and NCAP volunteer, Genealle Visagorskis shares her favorite holiday recipes...for compost. Don't waste those leaves!

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Supporter Spotlight: Maya Gee

Maya GeeMaya Gee is an organic farmer and herbalist — so for her, pesticide pollution hits close to home.

She came to Oregon for an opportunity to live closer to the land: “I wanted to observe nature,” she says. “To learn from nature, and to appreciate the intelligence behind nature.”

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Become a Member

NCAP is supported by people just like you. If you think it's important to reduce pesticides, or if you simply enjoyed reading the NCAP Action News this year, please consider contributing to NCAP. It's not too late to become a member in 2011.

Add your voice to the pesticide reform movement and your tax-deductible donation will help protect the health of people and the environment!


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.

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December 2011
Annual Report Edition
  • Letter from the Director
  • Northwest Meets South Asia
  • Wild About Bed Bugs
  • Sink or Swim
  • Tug of War
  • Pesticide-Free Pledge
  • Compost Blogpost
  • Supporter Spotlight
  • Membership and Signs

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Take Action: Demand GMO Labeling!

Just Label It

You have a right to know what is in your food. Now is the time to stand up for that right by demanding that the FDA label genetically modified foods. The Just Label It campaign is making serious waves with a petition that is gaining on 500,000 signatures! Add your name now and be a voice for GMO labeling.
Sign the Petition!

Sandra Steingraber in Portland, Oregon - April 5th


NCAP is hosting a talk with author and ecologist Dr. Sandra Steingraber.
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35 Years of Pesticide Reform

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To celebrate our 35th year, NCAP is honoring the many people who have been involved with our organization. If you're one of them, please let us know by sharing your stories and memories:
NCAP's 35th Anniversary

Upcoming Webinar, Jan. 10th


Tune in on 1/10/12 at 11am for a talk with organic land care expert, David Alba. As the Organic Land Care Program Manager with Oregon Tilth, Dave will be discussing resources available for professionals looking to transition from conventional land care.
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Treat Your Skin & 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. 

Business Sponsors


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New and Renewing Business League Members

A big thank you to Business League members who joined or renewed in December!

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Linton Feed and Seed


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Ruby and Amber's Organic Oasis

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Click here to view the full business league roster.

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.

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