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March 2013

Things can shift quickly in Congress. Sometimes that works in our favor, and sometimes it doesn't. By now you likely already know that the Senate Continuing Resolution (CR) got stuck with several terrible policy "riders." These include but are not limited to the infamous "biotech rider" which grants biotech firms new immunities from USDA and the courts.

Despite a lot of quick organizing last week, and a record response from supporters all around the country, efforts to remove these bad riders were unsuccessful. The full CR passed Wednesday afternoon, and Senate lawmakers failed to fund the vital organic and conservation programs called for by people all over the country.

There is some consolation in the fact that the CR only lasts six months. That means we'll have future opportunities to defeat the biotech rider and reinstall policies that will build the kind of agriculture we want for the future. Come fall, we'll be asking you to pick up the phone again and help protect organic agriculture. For now, here's a look at what else is going on. 

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

Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!

Managing Mice Without Chemicals

For most folks, mice are unwelcome guests. They can aggravate asthma and spread certain diseases. Mice are also one of the most common pest problems faced by public schools. That's why NCAP set out to give schools a way to deal with mice without turning to harmful rodenticides.

As part of a project with the Western IPM Center and the Oregon State University School IPM Program, NCAP made several online videos demonstrating non-chemical strategies for managing 
mice in urban buildings.

IPM for Mice - Trapping

David Brower Award Goes to NCAP Alumni

Norma and DahindaEach year at the University of Oregon's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an important activist who exemplifies Brower's spirit and accomplishments. We're proud to say that this year's award went jointly to long time "ncappers" Norma Grier and Dahinda Meda.

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Sustainable Ag Leader Leaves USDA

It was cause for celebration when Kathleen Merrigan, a long time organic advocate and voice for sustainable food systems, was appointed Deputy Secretary at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) four years ago. Sadly, Merrigan announced her resignation earlier this month. She will be leaving the USDA in May.

NCAP wishes to thank her for her service, in particular the focus she placed on the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program. 

NSAC on Merrigan's Resignation

Tom Philpott on Merrigan's Resignation


GMO - What You Should Know


Many things are currently moving at all levels on the GMO front. In Oregon alone, there are multiple conflicting pieces of legislation being considered by state lawmakers. Below you'll find links to some of these proposed policies and the groups addressing them:


Initiative 522 - Requires GMO labeling in Washington 

House Bill 1407 - Allows local authorities to regulate GMOs



Senate Bill 633/House Bill 3192 - Stops local authorities from regulating GMOs
House Bill 2427 - Bans Canola from Willamette Valley

House Bill 2175 - Requires GMO labeling in Oregon

House Bill 2532 - Requires GMO labeling in Oregon

House Bill 3291 - Bans genetically engineered alfalfa in Oregon

House Bill 3292 - Bans production of GMOs that are capable of reproducing


Just Label It - Petitions FDA to mandate GMO labeling in the United States

S. 246 - Places some restrictions on production and commerce of GMO salmon

S. 248 - Amends FFDCA to require labeling of GMO salmon

NCAP is a member of the national Just Label It campaign. To date, the Just Label It campaign has generated over 1.2 million comments to the Food and Drug Administration supporting mandatory federal labeling of genetically modified foods.


Community Hero Award

The Community Hero Award winner has been chosen! Thanks to all who submitted nominations. Watch for more information about the winner's story and accomplishments in the coming weeks.
We'll also be celebrating the award as part of April's Eat for the Earth. Come to Holy Cow (2621 Willamette St, Eugene) on April 16 (time TBA) to watch a video about the winner, hear Colehour Bondera of the NOSB speak about his work as an organic farmer and activist, and eat dinner! (A portion of the food proceeds goes to NCAP.)

Pest Problems?

We're happy to help you solve those home, garden, and farming issues without using toxic chemicals. Check out our online archives for tips on alternatives to pesticides and factsheets on common pesticide products. If you don't see what you're looking for, shoot us an email at info@pesticide.org. We're here to help!

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Pesticide Factsheets

If pest control is part of your job, check out our Sustainable Places Information Network to connect with other pros seeking greener ways to get the job done.

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Et tu, EPA? Ides of March brings fresh proceedings in mammoth pesticide lawsuit involving EPA and the Endangered Species Act .
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Sequestration equals less oversight, more pesticides in your water.
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Prenatal DDT exposure linked to hypertension.
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Grassland bird population decline tied to agricultural pesticide use.
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Makers of d-CON rodent killer fight EPA over new wildlife protections.
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Toolbox Tip

Say no to conventional 'preemergents'

Spring is when many people try to get ahead of lawn and garden weeds by applying a preemergent herbicide. Runoff from these applications is one of the biggest contributors to urban water pollution, and many common preemergent products contain harmful active ingredients. Here are some  things you should know:

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NCAP Business League

NCAP thanks all the Business League members that supported us this month! They are:

Selco Community
Credit Union

Click here to view the full business league roster.

Do you have a business?
Join the growing list of businesses that support alternatives to pesticides. Click Here to join the NCAP Business League.

Eat for the Earth

Throughout 2013, you can help support NCAP simply by eating at your favorite local restaurants. Big thanks to Cornbread Cafe for donating proceeds to us in 

April's "Eat for the Earth" day will be held at Holy Cow on April 16th.




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