Since the mid 20th century, chemical pesticides have played an increasingly major role in agriculture, industry, and urban land management. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency calculates that annual pesticide use in US amounts to over one billion pounds per year. That’s roughly 3 lbs. for every person in the country!
This is concerning because pesticides can have negative impacts other organisms aside from the intended pest, and this can cause problems in the broader environment. Pesticide exposure has also been linked to a number of serious human health concerns, including cancer.
To address this problem, NCAP works to protect those who are most vulnerable from harm caused by pesticides, while also striving to educate and help identify healthier, more ecologically sound solutions to common pest issues. We focus our campaigns in three main areas:
Healthy Food and Farms
At the heart of sustainable agriculture is the belief that we must nurture the land just as it, in turn, nurtures us. It’s not only about avoiding harmful chemicals, it’s about investing in practices that conserve as well as cultivate. NCAP is working to create lively organic communities that will ensure a healthier future for our food, our farms and our farmers.
Healthy People and Communities
Pesticides are often used in parks, schools and other areas where children live, learn and play. This puts kids at risk for exposure, which can lead to serious illness. We are working to protect growing minds and bodies by organizing and educating to make more places pesticide-free.
Healthy Wildlife and Water
Salmon are a vital and historic part of ecology, food and culture throughout the Northwest. Sadly, the survival of these fish is threatened by pesticide pollution. We are fighting to save wild Salmon, Steelhead, and other aquatic wildlife by demanding the strong enforcement of laws meant to protect endangered fish from pesticides.