Nature asserts itself. Here in Eugene, Oregon, we awoke yesterday (the second official day of spring) to find a fresh, six inch blanket of snow covering everything in sight.
Experiences like this gently remind us that we do not control nature, and that it isn't really in our interest to try. Yet pesticides are a tool designed for just such a purpose - to give people control over nature. In this, they fail.
This month alone, there were major news stories highlighting the herbicide resistant weeds now plaguing farmers that rely too heavily on Roundup. Stories also surfaced about how genetically modified corn, engineered to produce its own internal insecticide, is still falling prey to corn root worm.
As stories like this become more and more common, they underscore the fact that pesticides are a temporary fix at best, and that their effectiveness is fleeting. The silver lining is that now, more than ever, it is clear that these tools do not put us in control. Rather, they create an environment that is out of control.
Perhaps Rachel Carson said it best. As you read on about our program updates and upcoming events, keep in mind her words as the underlying reason for it all:
“The 'control of nature' is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man.”
“But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
Sandra Steingraber Joins NCAP in Portland
On April 5th (in just two weeks!) Sandra Steingraber will deliver a public a talk on the connections between human health, the environment, and toxic chemicals like pesticides. The highly acclaimed ecologist, author and cancer survivor comes to Portland from Ithaca, New York, where she is currently leading efforts to stop hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" for shale gas.
The April 5th talk is free, so please join us!
Before the talk, NCAP supporters are invited to attend a private reception with Dr. Steingraber. Guests 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 as space is limited!
RSVP and purchase tickets here.
Farm Bill 2012
Earlier this week, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) published its platform for the 2012 Farm Bill. As an NSAC member, we support this platform and plan to work with NSAC throughout this year to pursue our goals for organic and conservation initiatives within the farm bill package.
We continued our involvement this month by sending a farmer to Washington, DC to speak directly with congress about the organic and research programs we value within the farm bill.
More About the Trip
More About NSAC's Farm Bill Platform
Cheers to Pesticide Reform
The generous folks at Ninkasi Brewing Company are honoring NCAP at their April Pints for a Cause event. That means 25% of all pint sales in the tasting room will be donated to NCAP!
Mark your calendars, come hang out with us, and drink good beer for a good cause!
Pints for a Cause, Benefitting NCAP
Monday, April 16th
12 pm - 9 pm (NCAP staff will be there starting at 5)
In addition to beer, Ninkasi offers soup, soft pretzels and juice. Children are allowed in the tasting room until 8 pm.
See you there!
A big "Thank You" goes out to all our friends and partners who participated with us at this year's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC)! It was fun, exciting, and enjoyable bringing everyone together for two great panel discussions, and a very special 35th anniversary reunion.
We also want to recognize everyone at the University of Oregon Law School who worked so hard to put the conference together. Great job! We're already looking forward to the next one.
Stay tuned! We'll soon be adding audio and video from our panels at www.pesticide.org and YouTube.
Strength in Numbers
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.
To learn more call Kim at (541) 344-5044 ext. 15
Join the leadership giving circle and be the foundation for another 35 years of pesticide reform!
You can also renew your membership online via the button below. NCAP relies on support from members like you!
Get a 'Pesticide-Free Area' Sign
When you join the Ladybug Lovely monthly giving program, 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!
Call 541-344-5044 ext.15 to learn more about the Ladybug Lovely and how to get your sign.