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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
Each 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.
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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We're here to help!
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.