Greetings and happy July!
Many of you may already know that the Farm Bill has passed out of committe in the House of Representatives. Some
of the positive things we've been fighting for are still in there, but the bill includes big steps backward on conservation and environmental issues - especially regarding pesticides. As might be expected, it also includes lots of things that actually aren't in the best interest of farmers. We detail some of those for you in this month's news.
The path of the bill at this point is uncertain, but you can expect an update when we know more. We'll be calling on supporters like you to contact congress when the time is right.
In the meantime, read about the many other things going on this summer. Here's one hint: we're having a pizza party in Eugene next week...
Hope to see you there,
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
House Farm Bill Woes
In addition to big cuts proposed for organic agriculture and conservation programs, the House version of the Farm Bill contains sections (10016 & 10017) that would undermine longstanding safeguards designed to protect water, people, and wildlife from the impacts of pesticides.
For an overview of other environmental concerns, including the controversial biotech rider, click here.
It's Summer...Eat Pizza & Drink Beer!
You can put your appetite to work for the environment by eating at Cozmic Pizza on Wednesday, July 25th.
All you need to do is click the link below, print out the flier, and bring it with you when you eat at Cozmic on the 25th. Hand it in at the register when you pay for your food, and they will donate 30% of your tab to NCAP in support of our work to curb pesticide use. They'll be accepting them all day long!
Get the Flier Here!
Flyers will NOT be available at Cozmic you MUST bring one with you in order to donate! We hope to see you there.
Want to Get Involved?
NCAP needs your help to protect the environment. Whatever your specific interests are, you can join us as a volunteer or an intern and gain advocacy experience through one of our many projects.
A Small Dose of Toxicology
Steven Gilbert's excellent book, A Small Dose of Toxicology, is now available in its 2nd edition as a free download. The book looks at pesticides, endocrine disruptors, as well as household stuff like stuff like coffee in order to place
toxicology within the framework of our daily lives. Download each chapter as an interactive PDF.
Take the Pesticide-Free Pledge!
Hundreds of people have taken our pesticide-free pledge! Show your commitment by adding your voice too. It's easy, and it just might win you a pesticide-free zone sign for your yard!
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.
We're also seeking wine donations for our wine raffle at the 4th annual fundraising event. Please consider donating a bottle of wine from your cellar (or from the store) in order to help us raise more money to do our work. Please drop off your donations at the office or contact Shelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or
541-344-5044 ext. 17. We will provide your a tax receipt for your inkind donation.
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.