(By Megan Dunn & Sharon Selvaggio, NCAP Program Directors)
In the 1960s the bald eagle almost went extinct because of the pesticide DDT. Thankfully, scientists like Rachel Carson shared compelling evidence that linked the decline of bird populations with the use of certain pesticides. Local residents advocated for change, and over the years we’ve advanced new policies and restrictions that protect community and environmental health. The bald eagle has soared back from the brink of extinction.
We put together some resources, using publications from our work and our partners' work, to help growers manage the risks inherent in farming and ranching. Although it's just a jumping off point into topics of soil health, business structure, consumer demand, pesticide exposure, and other important topics, we hope it will help with assessing risks and planning accordingly.