Earlier this month, I had the honor of co-moderating the summer meeting of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (that's NSAC, in the acronym laden advocacy world). As a member of the coalition, NCAP (see what I mean!) helped facilitate the 3-day meeting which focused on policy priorities for sustainable agriculture programs within the 2012 Farm Bill. This is a lot of work, so while the gathering was held at the whimsical Edgefield McMenamins in Troutdale, Oregon, it wasn't all beer and tater tots.
As you might imagine, the federal budget process, major deficits, and the prospect of deep cuts to good food and farming programs were on everyone's mind. Of special interest was the Conservation Stewardship Program or CSP, which provides payments to farmers for practices that reduce or eliminate pesticide use, build the soil, and protect our water. While these programs are some of the most deserving of our federal resources, the sad truth is that CSP and similar environmental initiatives are being disproportionately targeted for cuts as the future of the next Farm Bill is deliberated.
That's where we (meaning you as well) come in. It's up to us to protect programs that promote sustainable agriculture. Congress is on an August recess and your Senators and Representatives are back in their districts. Take this chance to call them up, arrange meetings, or attend one of their town hall events and urge them to support agricultural programs that lead to healthier food and farming!
You can learn more about what's happening with sustainable agriclutre in the Farm Bill at sustainableagriculture.net. Or, if you're in NCAP's neighborhood, come to the Food and Fun in the Field dinner on September 1.
Otherwise, try to catch one of our many other upcoming events. There are plenty to choose from!
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
Response to Dow Agrosciences
Eleven years after we began, and seven years after we gained significant pesticide protections for Pacific waters, pesticide manufacturers still insist upon their polluting, business-as-usual approach.
Dow Agrosciences LLC and other pesticide makers are currently suing the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) alleging that NMFS used bad science when they concluded that three commonly used pesticides are a threat to salmon. It is clear, however, that pesticide makers accusations are based less on the validity of the science, and more on their failure to sway the results in their favor.
Pesticide makers want to ensure that scientific research overlooks many of the potential risks their products pose to our health and the health of the environment. In this case, NMFS took a deeper look at the impact of pesticide mixtures, endocrine disruption and other complex issues that are typically brushed over when a pesticide is approved for sale. Consequently, NMFS found that pesticides do pose risks to threatened and endangered salmon. Now the industry is angry, and wants to punish scientists for being thorough and asking tough questions.
Fortunately, NCAP and our allies are just as tenacious as they are. We too refuse to give up. NCAP will continue to protect endangered salmon, and endangered science!
to read the full legal brief issued yesterday afternoon by our attorneys at Earthjustice.
Pollinators on Parade
NCAP is marching in the Eugene Celebration parade this Saturday, August 27
, and we're recruiting creative, fun-loving volunteers of all ages to participate. If you'd like to be a pollinator in our parade troupe, give us a call at 541-344-5044 x 22, or reply to email@example.com
with 'parade' in the subject line. Costumes and props provided!
For more information about Eugene Celebration, click here
Only 3 weeks until the Pollinator Party, NCAP's 2011 dinner and benefit auction. If you enjoy tasty food, fine spirits from Ninkasi and King Estate, protecting the environment, and taking home nice new gear, then we urge you to join us! All you need is a ticket, we'll do the rest.
Buy a ticket to the Pollinator Party
Friday, September 9
Downtown Athletic Club
Eugene, OR 97401
During and after the meal, we'll be auctioning off fabulous items donated by local businesses including overnight stays, entertainment, outdoor gear and more! Join us for an evening of fun and purpose.
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, please email Shelly Connor or call her at 541-344-5044 ext. 17.
Food and Fun in the Field
If you're a farmer who's curious about farm bill conservation programs and other funding opportunities, or worried that your program will disappear, or eager to talk to your congressperson about it but aren’t sure how, then join us for Food and Fun in the Field
Meet Dr. Sandra Steingraber
NCAP supporters are invited to attend an exclusive private reception with Dr. Sandra Steingraber in Portland, OR on October 20.
As a guest of this intimate event, you will receive wine, refreshments, a copy of Steingraber’s book Living Downstream, and preferred seating for her talk following the reception.
Tickets for the reception are $60. Act quickly, space is very limited!
Buy Reception Tickets
If you or your business are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Shelly Connor at 541-344-5044 x 17 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chemical Use Data Available for 2010 Veggies
Late last month, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) published the 2010 Agricultural Chemical Use survey data for vegetables. Data were compiled from 3,272 individual survey responses in 19 states during the fall of 2010.
See the Survey
The information includes on-farm use of commercial fertilizers, agricultural chemicals, and integrated pest management practices by producers of targeted vegetable crops. Chemical application rates listed by active ingredient are featured in the release data. The agricultural chemical use estimates in this release focus on the acreage treated with herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and other pesticides for selected vegetable crops.
Business League Spotlight: King Estate Winery
King Estate, celebrating 20 years of Oregon winemaking in 2011, is located southwest of Eugene, Oregon and produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and limited amounts of Chardonnay.
Founded in 1991 by the King family, King Estate is committed to producing Oregon wines of exceptional quality using organic & sustainable farming methods, meticulous fruit selection, impeccable winemaking practices and judicious blending. The beautiful estate of 1,033 acres is certified organic and includes 470 acres of organic vineyards, as well as 30 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The Estate is crowned by the charming, European-style winery, where the winemaking process is also certified organic. The Restaurant and Wine Bar at King Estate feature wine tasting & winery tours as well as fine dining. Their menu incorporates estate and locally grown organic ingredients that fully complement King Estate wines.
King Estate is treated as an organic eco-system. They have a thriving raptor population aiding pest control by reducing the number of rodents and birds that eat the grapes. In addition to their native wild raptors they have established a partnership with Cascades Raptor Center by which they offer the estate as an ideal release site for orphaned and rehabilitated birds of prey.
King Estate is our Title Sponsor for our 3rd Annual Event: Party for the Pollinators where we will be featuring King Estate Wine. Please join us. To learn more about King Estate visit www.kingestate.com.
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.
Proud to be pesticide-free? Show it off!
Supporters who donate through NCAP's Ladybug Lovely monthly giving program receive a new Pesticide-free Area sign from NCAP and Mountain Rose Herbs. The sign is not only a wonderful way to state your values, it's also made of durable recycled aluminum, so it makes a lasting addition to your pesticide-free yard or garden.
Call 541-344-5044 ext.17 to learn more about joining the Ladybug Lovely and getting your sign.
August 2011 Issue
Letter from the Director
Response to Dow
Food and Fun in the Field
Meet Sandra Steingraber
Chemical Use Data
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.