This month brings the Autumn Equinox, the Harvest Moon, and the first inklings of the fall season. This year, it also brings the first ever Rootstalk Festival, an awesome, four-day nature education extravaganza hosted by Mountain Rose Herbs for the benefit of our friends and neighbors, Cascadia Wildlands. Finally, September brings an important opportunity for you to weigh in on one of America's most widely used and most widely polluting pesticides: atrazine.
In this issue, you'll find everything you need to know about atrazine, including why the EPA is now taking comments on a petition to have it banned. Yes...banned, thanks to new health data and increased public pressure from advocacy groups. We strongly encourage you to add your name to the petition and submit comments to the EPA (two separate actions). The deadline for comment is November 14, 2011.
Also this month, we're reporting back from our most recent organic field day, the first ever Food and Fun in the Field dinner, and the 2011 Pollinator Party. If you missed any of these events, or even if you didn't, you can experience them here.
We hope to see many of you in Portland next month for a special evening with Sandra Steingraber. Until then, happy reading!
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
Petition to Ban Atrazine Now Open for Public Comment
The EPA has initiated a public comment period on a petition to ban the pesticide atrazine. Submitted to EPA earlier this year by Save the Frogs, an international non-profit working for amphibian conservation, the petition consisted of over 60,000 signatures and appeals supporting an immediate ban on the chemical.
Atrazine is one of the two most commonly used agricultural herbicides in the U.S. and a frequent contaminant of ground water. Its ability to alter sexual development in frogs was made public in the early 2000s.
Sign the Petition
Submit Comments to EPA
Save the Frogs
Meet Dr. Sandra Steingraber
Join us for a free public lecture with Dr. Sandra Steingraber! NCAP is hosting the renowned ecologist, author and cancer survivor to speak on the links between cancer and toxic pollutants like pesticides.
Thursday, October 20, 7pm
The Old Church
1422 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
As an NCAP supporter, you can also join us early in the evening for an exclusive private reception with Dr. Steingraber. As a guest of this intimate event, you will receive wine, refreshments, a copy of Steingraber’s book Living Downstream, a chance to speak with Dr. Steingraber one-on-one, and preferred seating for her talk after the reception.
Tickets for the reception are only $60. Space is limited. Click here to purchase your tickets.
If you or your business are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Shelly Connor at 541-344-5044 x 17 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2011 Organic Field Days:
Joslin Farms/Nature's Harmony Organic Dairy
For the final field day of 2011, NCAP gathered with around 50 farmers to tour Joslin Farms and Nature's Harmony Organic Dairy. As neighboring organic farms, the two work closely with each other.
Thanks to everyone who attended this year's Organic Field Days, and especially to the farmers who hosted us. We hope to see you all again next summer!
Food and Fun in the Field
On September 1st, NCAP brought together farmers and partner groups to promote sustainable agriculture and conservation. Meeting at the Berggren Demonstration Farm
, a beautiful riverside property managed by McKenzie River Trust and partners, our shared goal was to raise awareness about the environmental stewardship incentives available to farmers. Of course, we managed to have some fun, food and local brew as well.
See photos from Food and Fun in the Field
NCAP would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made our Pollinator Party such a success! If you sponsored, volunteered, donated, attended, or otherwise participated in the event, we are most grateful to you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
To our Title Sponsor, King Estate, and to event sponsors Cafe Mam, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo, and Lifesource Natural Foods, we also couldn't have done it without you! Your support makes a huge difference.
If you're eager to relive the evening, or if you're curious about what you missed, check out the photos on NCAP's Flickr page:
Business League Spotlight: Anthro Technology Furniture
Anthro Technology Furniture has been a business league member for quite a while (thanks guys!). Their business started back in 1984 with a plan to make furniture specifically for technology. Technology has changed significantly since then, but their focus hasn’t.
Anthro’s products are used wherever technology is used – in video editing suites, on the manufacturing shop floor, in test and measurement labs, in radiology reading rooms. Their furniture is made especially for work environments typical to healthcare, education, government, and business.
They manufacture products the old-fashioned way, and they make them here in Oregon. As a bonus, their finishing processes are environmentally friendly, and their fabrication and assembly routines are certified by ISO and ETL. To learn more about Anthro, visit www.anthro.com.
Do you have a business?
Join the growing list of businesses that are standing up for a healthy environment! Visit the Business League webpage to learn more about becoming an NCAP Business League member.
Let Them Know You're Proud to be Pesticide-free
Donate through the Ladybug Lovely monthly giving program and 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.17 to learn more about the Ladybug Lovely and how to get your sign.
Letter from the Director
Sandra Steingraber in PDX
Organic Field Days 2011
Food and Fun in the Field
NCAP Business League
Get a 'Pesticide-free' Sign!
Join NCAP today and add your voice to the pesticide reform movement. Your tax-deductible donation will help protect the health of people and the environment!
Treat Your Skin and Support NCAP!
Alchemilla has partnered with NCAP by pledging a two dollar donation from the sale of every Alchemilla Organic Skin Care Trial Kit.
This financial commitment to NCAP helps to support our work and provides Alchemilla customers a convenient way to sample their skin care products.
New and Renewing Business League Members
A big thank you to Business League members who joined or renewed in September!
Mountain Rose Herbs
Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo
Click here to view the full business league roster.
Sustainable Places Information Network
Curious about non-chemical landcare for urban areas? Join us on SPIN, an online network for professionals working to make urban places more sustainable by reducing pesticide use. Learn More