Beware: Bayer "Bee Care"
Bayer Cropscience, a leading manufacturer of neonicotinoid pesticides, is currently conducting its second annual Bee Care Tour
. The company's Bee Care website states, "The Tour is traveling to university agriculture schools across the United States of America to inform participants on the connection between pollinators, seed treatment technology and sustainable agriculture."
Doubtless, the tour is an effort by Bayer representatives to allay concerns about the impacts of the company's pesticides on bee health. Events are scheduled in various communities throughout February and March, with a final stop in Washington D.C. for National Pollinator Week in June. We are encouraging NCAP supporters to attend these events armed with stinging
questions for the Bayer representatives. If you would like more information about what to ask at an event in your community, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Depot: Bee Our Valentine
Take your valentine (or yourself!) on a date that he or she (or you!) won't forget! Please join us as we partner with Beyond Toxics and other local groups on Saturday, February 15 to Show Bees Some Love.
This is a peaceful event in which we will be delivering valentines and letters to Home Depot in Eugene, Oregon, urging them to stop selling neonicotinoid products. All ages, fun costumes, and creative valentines are welcome! For more details on how to be involved with this event, click here.
Our allies across the country are holding similar events in many other communities this week. Visit Friends of the Earth to find an event near you.
Managing Mummies & Spotted Wings in Blueberries
Plump, juicy blueberries are a nutritious and tasty treat, well loved by children and adults, alike. Two pests also find these berries to be a great food source, thus creating challenges for farmers.
Earlier this week, NCAP hosted a blueberry workshop for 60 growers from the Pacific Northwest, focused on managing pests with alternatives to pesticides.
Idaho Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Honors Pioneers
The annual Grower's Own conference was held earlier this month in Caldwell, Idaho. NCAP kicked off its farmer-to-farmer exchange with a panel of organic and sustainable agriculture pioneers in Idaho
. Between them, the five farmers had a combined 197 years of experience: Janie Burns of Meadowlark Farm
in Nampa, ID; Fred Brossy of Ernie’s Organics
in Shoshone, ID; Nathan Jones of King’s Crown Organic Farm
in King Hill, ID; Mike Heath of M&M Heath Farms
in Buhl, ID, and Tim Sommer of Purple Sage Farms
in Middleton, ID.
During the month of February, NCAP volunteers are calling supporters in key congressional districts to provide special opportunities to take action on the Saving America's Pollinators Act (HR 2692). You may have already spoken with one of us on the phone! If so, thanks for taking the time to help. If not, keep an ear open for a call from us in the next two weeks. Your involvement is crucial, and it is already making a difference.
Thanks to your comments and calls, 52 Federal Representatives have now co-sponsored HR 2692, the Saving America's Pollinators Act!
2014 National Pesticide Forum
Portland State University Place Hotel & Conference Center, April 11 - 12, 2014
NCAP is partnering with Beyond Pesticides to co-convene the 32nd annual National Pesticide Forum in Portland, Oregon. The conference will be held at the Portland State University Place Hotel and Conference Center, on April 11 - 12, 2014. Please Save the date!
This year's theme is Advancing Sustainable Communities: People, pollinators and practices. Confirmed speakers for this year's event are:
- Pierre Mineau, Ph.D., a leading researcher and author detailing the impacts of insecticides on birds.
- State Representative Jeff Reardon (D-Portland), a sponsor for legislation in Oregon that will better regulate neonicotinoid pesticides.
- Fred Kirschenmann, a longtime national and international leader in sustainable and organic agriculture.
- James R. Roberts, MD, MPH, FAAP, lead author of the landmark policy statement, Pesticide Exposure in Children by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
- Lani Malmberg, Beyond Pesticides board member and owner of Ewe4ic Ecological Services, a business offering vegetation management through goat grazing.
- Michael Skinner, Ph.D., a biologist specializing in epigenetics and the author of a landmark study on the transgenerational impacts of DDT exposure.
- George Kimbrell, the Senior Attorney at Center for Food Safety and a strong voice in the battles around GMO deregulation and pesticide impacts on bees.
Further conference details including registration and lodging information will be available online soon. Stay tuned! In the meantime, see Beyond Pesticides' website for a in depth look at this year's forum speakers.