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NCAP is the leading Northwest voice for alternatives to pesticides.

Our Mission:

The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides works to protect community and environmental health and inspire the use of ecologically sound solutions to reduce the use of pesticides.

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What makes NCAP unique?

First, NCAP understands that both pests and pesticides are a problem. We need solutions to prevent pests like mosquitoes and rodents that spread diseases like malaria and hanta virus respectively. There are all kinds of bugs that damage crops, termites that damage structures, moths that damage trees, and no one likes bed bugs or head lice.  

Second, what is fundamentally different about our work is that we seek solutions coming from a change in approach – a difference in mindset – rather than a change in synthetic chemistry or a new product with a silver bullet and a warning label. We help people become more pest-aware and to learn to deal with pests in ways that avoid the use of pesticides that harm our health, wildlife, soil, water, and the air we breathe.

We demonstrate alternatives. We work with farmers, school groundskeeping staff and park managers to show their peers how they “do things differently.”  We also work in collaboration to change policy for the better, whether in passing a law in Oregon to require pest reduction and elimination in schools through the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), or by working to improve notification laws in Washington State so that when pesticides are going to be used, farm workers and neighbors will be notified and can better protect themselves. 

We work with diverse partners to learn the science behind the problems and solutions. Equity, diversity, inclusion and access are threads throughout our work as many underrepresented communities experience disproportionate exposure to pesticides. We seek the safest and best alternatives, and when there are none, we push for more research to find them. We research and reference the science behind both our cautions and our solutions. We work at many levels using many different strategies – all toward the larger goal of advancing alternatives and moving away from pesticides. 


Our health and communities are worth protecting from harm. A healthy climate, clean air, water, and soil are incalculable in their value to all of us. Without them our very survival is at risk. According to the Environmental Protection Agency more than one billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the United States. This includes insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fungicides, and more. 

The phrase “Break the Billion” is a thread that runs through all of NCAP’s work. It reminds us that everything we do, small or large, to choose healthier alternatives over pesticides leads to fewer pesticides used and less risk and harm caused.  

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    Wilsonville Bee Stewards Project

    In 2013, the shocking death of an estimated 50,000 bumblebees in the parking lot of a Wilsonville, Oregon shopping center catalyzed a worldwide conversation about bee health and pesticides. The cause? Those bees visited trees treated with pesticides. The incident, with photos of bees littering the asphalt, became national news and was featured on the cover of Time magazine, in the LA Times and in The Huffington Post bringing the previously arcane topic of neonicotinoid insecticides into millions of American households.
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    Understanding the IARC Cancer Listing For Glyphosate

    (by Megan Dunn, Healthy People and Communities Program Director) In March of 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed the chemical glyphosate–the active ingredient in Roundup–as a ‘probable carcinogen’ (International Agency for Research on Cancer, 2015). Glyphosate is the most widely used pesticide, a common tool for groundskeepers in schools and parks, and aggressively sold to homeowners. Community members across the country have been responding to this new classification and while many are justifiably worried, many are still skeptical. What does the IARC mean by “probable?” Isn’t glyphosate as safe as a tanning bed?  
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