Highlights - 2014 National Pesticide Forum
The 32nd National Pesticide Forum held in Portland, Oregon was a great success! NCAP partnered with the lead hosts and long time pesticide reform activist organization Beyond Pesticides based in Washington, DC. Nearly 150 participants gathered for informative and inspiring presentations, workshops and panels. The forum started out with a tour of the Overlook Neighborhood in Portland that is working to be pesticide free, visits with farmworkers and the staff of Treeplanters and Farmworkers labor and community group (PCUN), then on to the first organic hop farm in Oregon.
Friday night’s panel focused on the threat neonicotinoids pose to bees and how we can help protect bees and other pollinators in our own communities and by supporting the federal Saving America’s Pollinator Act (now with 58 co-sponors in Congress).
Saturday’s keynoters included experts on health, law, and emerging science and new research from Dr. Michael Skinner from Washington State University. Dr. Skinner’s research is finding that it is not only DNA that is changing our evolution, it is also environmental factors in what he calls “epigenetics.”
Many success stories were shared in workshops throughout Saturday from how goats can help manage invasive species, to how schools, parks and public housing are reducing and eliminating pesticides to manage pests as diverse as mice, bed bugs, and weeds.
The conference closed with Keynote speaker Dr. Fred Kirschenmann’s soulful walk across the history of food, soil, agriculture and pesticides and their collective imprint on our current environmental crisis. In his talk about inspiring an “ecological conscience” (he has a new book out on just that) Fred left conferees the inspiring thoughts that there is hope; that we will come to our senses; support food systems that do not degrade the earth, and that we will make possible food systems that are sustainable over long periods of time.
Conference sessions will soon be available via Beyond Pesticides website in video format.
Highlights - Our Weekend with Glory Bee
NCAP also participated recently in Glory Bee's 39th annual Bee Weekend. We spread information about the Saving America's Pollinator Act and asked people to contact their representatives about co-sponsoring the bill.
We were also very fortunate to partner with Wendy Gregory Photography
to provide a fun photo booth. Visitors got to take home a fabulous souvenir photo and will be part of our #iwanttosavethebees photo campaign.
Gardening with Native Pollinators Workshop
Saturday, May 3rd, 1pm-5pm at Buford Park near Eugene
Join NCAP at this fabulous workshop! You'll learn first hand how to enhance your garden's productivity by integrating habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects!
Friends of Buford Park Native Plant Nursery instructors Bruce Newhouse & Jason Blazar will introduce participants to basic pollinator ID and ecology. You will learn how to plant your home landscape to provide habitat for native pollinators by planting a demonstration pollinator garden.
For more information visit: http://www.bufordpark.org/tours/events/
Have You Called?
NCAP urges you to take action on the Saving America's Pollinators Act (HR 2692), a bill that would require EPA to re-evaluate the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees. Your involvement is crucial and it is already making a difference.
Thanks to your comments and calls, 58 Federal Representatives have now co-sponsored HR 2692, the Saving America's Pollinators Act!