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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.

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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.” 

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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

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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. 
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Event Opportunity

Gardening with Native Pollinators Workshop
Saturday, May 3rd, 1pm-5pm at Buford Park near Eugene


flowerJoin 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!
 

New Tools for Bed Bug Management

NCAP has new resources available for preventing bed bug problems and pesticide use...and you can get them for free!

The first item is a poster that encourages renters to report bed bugs immediately and avoid using total release foggers (or "bug bombs"). The 11 x 17 poster is available in three formats:
  • photoshop file that you can modify to include a phone number
  • A simple PDF
  • A physical poster you can request from NCAP (while supplies last - send orders to info@pesticide.org)
The second is short video on bed bugs called, "Managing Bed Bugs Without Harmful Pesticides." This video discusses non-pesticidal strategies for preventing and managing bed bugs in apartment housing. It includes information about potential health risks of foggers, bug bombs, and other chemicals commonly used for bed bug treatment.  It is useful for property managers and landlords, tenants, and health and human service providers.
 
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Aerial spraying still a problem for residents in rural Oregon.
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New testing finds glyphosate in human breast milk.
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Pesticides contaminate once pristine Alaska parks.
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Roaches? Ants? We've got you covered.

With the quickly improving weather, lots of critters are rousing from their winter dormancy. Here's some info that might be helpful if you suddenly find yourself with new springtime roommates.

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Action Alert

Don't let congress keep you in the DARK! 

Representative Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced legislation dubbed the Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act (DARK Act), which would deny consumers the right to know if there are GE ingredients in their food.  

Please contact your Representative and urge them not to support this ridiculous bill! 

Take Action
 

 
Let's Talk!

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This month, NCAP gave several presentations at the National Pesticide Forum. We are eager to speak with your class, business, community group, or organization too! Contact us through info@pesticide.org and book us for a talk!
 


Volunteering and Internships

Passionate about pesticide issues? You can protect the environment by volunteering with NCAP. 

We currently have internship openings for:

Video Production Assistant

Membership Assistant


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Do you have a business?  See NCAP's Business League roster to learn more about becoming an NCAP Business League member. Join the growing list of businesses that are standing up for a healthy
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NCAP is a proud member of EarthShare Oregon, a network of 80 conservation and health groups that work to promote clean air, healthy streams, safe habitat, secure food sources, and more. 

You can engage with EarthShare Oregon at your workplace to support environmental causes in your community, across Oregon, and around the world. See what member groups were able to accomplish just last year: 
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