Pollinators are crucial to a healthy food and ecosystem. They are increasingly being threatened by pesticide use. NCAP is working to pass federal and state laws that better protect pollinators, educating consumers about buying plants that are safe for bees, and helping plant growers and nurseries to find safer alternatives to neonicotinoids and other pesticides through research and development.
Salmon are an important cultural and ecological part of our regional ecosystems. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires special protections for many species of salmon and steelhead. Pesticides threaten the health of Pacific salmon and steelhead and that of our waterways. NCAP, in concert with many partners, is winning changes in courts and in laws and regulation to ensure better protections for these fish and their habitat.
Children deserve a safe and healthy learning environment. Pesticides used inside and on the playground at school threaten children’s health. NCAP is helping states and communities in our region to adopt healthier policies and practices that move away from pesticides. We help schools adopt tools like Integrated Pest Management that focus on preventing pests and better understanding their biology. This way we can more effectively protect children from pests and from harms caused by pesticides.
We all value a good meal. An increasing number of us connect how we grow our food to the impact agriculture has on the environment, human health, and the health of our communities. More than 70 percent of pesticides are used in agriculture and that leads to problems for those working in the industry, and for our health and that of the wildlife, water and soil. Through farmer-to-farmer learning, research and demonstration, training, and policy change, NCAP is changing the way we look at diseases and pests in agriculture.