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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 info@pesticide.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.
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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.

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We're Calling on You...

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.

Director's Note

In late January, I went to Washington, DC to help set 2014 policy priorities with other members of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). While our meeting was in progress, the lead negotiators of the Farm Bill Committee came to agreement and the House of Representatives voted on the results (finally!).  This sudden timing provided exciting opportunities to speak with legislators on sustainable agriculture topics.
One such opportunity was getting to talk with Congressman Kurt Schrader’s office. Congressman Schrader has been a big supporter of organic programs such as the Organic Cost Share Program and Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, both of which were just funded in the current bill at $57.5 million and $100 million, respectively. The bill actually passed while I was in his office! See NSAC's helpful info-graphic for a good overview of wins and losses.
I also visited with other Oregon Representatives including Senator Merkley and his staff, Senator Wyden's staff, and staff from Representatives Blumenauer and DeFazio's offices. All of these lawmakers have been supportive of advancing alternatives to pesticides through organic programs, so NCAP is seeking their support in our efforts to protect pollinators from neonicotinoid pesticides as well. That’s where we need your help.
The calls, letters, and emails you are sending to federal representatives are critical if we are to create movement in D.C. on this issue. Thanks for all you’ve done so far, and please take advantage of the many opportunities for further action this month! 

- Kim Leval
  Executive Director

Chris Schreiner (Oregon Tilth), Adrian Deveny (Staff, Sen. Jeff Merkley), Lynn Youngbar (Oregon Tilth, NCAP), and Kim Leval (NCAP) in Senator Jeff Merkley's office.

February 2014

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The 32nd annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), February 28 - March 2, Eugene, Oregon.
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The New Yorker examines Syngenta's years-long smear campaign against atrazine researcher Tyrone Hayes.
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Proposed Oregon pesticide law amended to create taskforce on pollinator health.
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More evidence links pesticide exposure to Alzheimer's disease.
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New study finds pyrethroids, chlorpyrifos common among at-home pesticide exposures.
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Video: Managing Bed Bugs Without Harmful Pesticides

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Take Action: Tell USDA, No "Agent Orange" Crops

The comment period is currently open while USDA considers approval for genetically modified 2,4-D resistant crops. 2,4-D is a toxic herbicide, best known for its use in the war defoliant "agent orange."

If these crops are approved, use of 2,4-D is projected to skyrocket, just like use of Roundup increased following the approval of "Roundup Ready" GMOs.

Please submit comments to USDA urging them to deny applications for these dangerous crops. 

Take Action

Let's Talk!


This month, we gave a talk on pesticides and pollinators at the monthly gathering of the Olympia Beekeepers Association. NCAP is eager to speak with your class, business, community group, or organization too! Contact us through info@pesticide.org and book us for a talk!
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