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NCAP Action News

Dear Friends,  

The word “truth” comes to mind when I think of this issue of NCAP Action News.  Truth is a lot about who you trust to bring you credible information.  

At NCAP we are motivated to discover and uncover the truth about pesticides and to offer alternatives because we believe you and your family have the right to play, learn, work and live in a healthy environment. We bring you information and actions you can take to help make that belief a reality. 

NCAP is speaking truth to power and the Environmental Protection Agency is listening by putting manufacturers of the pesticides diazinon, malathion and chlorpyrifos on notice.

We bring you news of two new studies linking pesticides to increased cancer risk and to increased risk for ADHD in children. More truths about how pesticides and other toxins cause harm to our health and what you can do about it. 

Interestingly, both studies mention the importance of eating foods that have been grown using fewer or no pesticides. 

Get informed. Take action. Engage in small changes at home.  

Happy reading!

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency informed the manufacturers of the pesticides diazinon, malathion, and chlorpyrifos, that it will pursue administrative legal remedies to protect the thousands of miles of Pacific salmon waterways.  This action was prompted by NCAP and our allies' legal work.

“If the government holds strong, it could create a legacy of clean water.  We stand on the brink of keeping three extremely dangerous pesticides out of our rivers and streams,” said Aimee Code Water Quality Coordinator at the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides.

Read more about this success

Read about pesticide industry’s latest efforts to protect their own profits


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Our kids deserve the best wherever they are — and school is no exception. After all, our children spend hours of each day in school. NCAP is dedicated to ensuring the school environment is free from harmful pesticides. We are working hard to create the safest possible pest management strategies for schools.

To learn more about this program please visit Healthy Environment at School.


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The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) ranking period deadline is June 11, 2010.

CSP is the first program of its kind that rewards farmers for the conservation work they are doing, and gives them support to do more. Producers who get into the program receive five-year contracts with a payment cap of $40,000 per year.

Farmers should contact their local NRCS field offices to apply. 

For more information, visit Accessing the New Conservation Stewardship Program by ATTRA or the NRCS web page.


Brossey Hearing PhotoNCAP Member Testified at 2012 Farm Bill Hearing

The U.S. House of Representatives is preparing for the 2012 Farm Bill by listening to farmers across the nation. Fred Brossy, an organic farmer from Shoshone, Idaho and NCAP member, was invited to testify at the Idaho hearing on May 1.

Mr. Brossy called for a fair share of research and development resources in support of organic agriculture because of the important benefits: healthy, nutritious food and the protection of our nation’s soils, waters and wildlife. He also noted that he was the first ever organic farmer in Idaho to be invited by Congress to provide input. Listen to a portion of Mr. Brossy’s testimony in a story aired by Boise State Radio.

You can provide input on development of the 2012 Farm Bill as part of the Farm Bill field hearing record.


park Sustainable Parks Information Network Launches

The Sustainable Parks Information Network (SPIN) is a new online, interactive peer network for parks maintenance staff and professional landscapers. 

NCAP and OSU Extension formed a group composed of city park professionals and the OSU State Coordinator of the Master Gardener Program to identify and outline strategies for effectively sharing successful IPM techniques with peers. And SPIN was born.

SPIN features pictures, discussion forums, a blog and many more interactive platforms to share knowledge and learn what others are doing. 

Please help us recruit more professional landscapers and city park officials to join the network and create more sustainable parks!

This project was made possible with support from the Western IPM Center, Cornell Douglas Foundation, Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Bullitt Foundation.


NCAP:  A Top 100 Green Company in Oregon

We’re green and we’re proud!  NCAP has been named one of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine. We stand out in the crowd of more than 500 participating companies and nonprofits and more than 26,000 employees completing the survey.  

Cutting our electric bill in half by replacing old lighting fixtures with energy efficient lighting; promoting alternative transportation to work; a commitment to reducing, recycling and reusing things like paper, file cabinets and other office items; and a green purchasing policy for things like paper, flooring, and cleaning products led to our high ranking by NCAP staff and the judges. 

NCAP will be among winners honored at a luncheon and green workplace expo June 1 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon. There, Oregon Business magazine will reveal the company rankings with a “Top 10 countdown.” Will NCAP make the cut? 

Luncheon tickets are $80. For more information about purchasing tickets and sitting with Kim at the NCAP awards luncheon table please call Kim Leval, Executive Director at (541) 344-5044 extension 15. 

If you would like to make a donation to NCAP in honor of our making the top 100 list, please click here to make a secure on-line donation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2010 Issue
  • Letter from the Director
  • EPA Puts Industry on Notice
  • Healthy Environment at School
  • Farm Bill Program Sign Up
  • NCAP Member Testified at 2012 Farm Bill Hearing
  • Sustainable Parks Information Network Launches
  • NCAP:  A Top 100 Green Company in Oregon

Take Action

We need your help!  NCAP is collecting pictures of pesticide-free parks from our friends to add to our pesticide-free park map

Please send us your photos today so we can show the world just how beautiful pesticide-free parks can be!


Breaking News

Environmental Contaminants Have a Strong Link to Cancer

The President’s Cancer Panel report, “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk:  What We Can Do Now,” highlights that environmental contaminants have a stronger link to cancer risk than previously understood. At present, our regulatory system must prove there is human harm before action is taken to regulate a chemicals use. Among many recommendations, the report calls for a more precautionary approach to the regulation of toxins.  We concur.

 

Exposure to Pesticides Show a Link to ADHD

A study published in May in the journal Pediatrics points to a link between exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides and increased risk for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in children.  

"Our findings support the hypothesis that current levels of organophosphate pesticide exposure might contribute to the childhood burden of ADHD" the study concludes. 

The National Academy of Sciences points to diet as the major source of pesticide exposure for infants and children.  Other studies have shown that pesticide levels in children decreases when they are fed a diet of organic food.


Home and Garden Toolbox Tip: 

Indian Meal Moths

Indian Meal Moths can be a real Pantry Pest.  Having a few moths in your pantry may not be the end of the world, but it can be unnerving to find something you are about to eat full of worms and grit, especially with kids to be fed before school or guests about to arrive. The good news is that with a bit of effort, this nuisance can be eliminated.

Check out NCAP's Toolbox Tip on how to effectively control Indian Meal Moths without pesticides.


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