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Seattle Takes Bold Steps to Restrict the Use of Glyphosate

NCAP is excited to share some inspiring news! The City of Seattle is reconsidering its classification of the chemical glyphosate, commonly found in Roundup, as a highly restricted product. It may soon only be used on City property under strict control and as a last resort.

We thank Seattle for taking bold steps to strengthen their commitment to public, environmental and employee health. As technical advisors of the City of Seattle’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Interdepartmental Team (IDT), NCAP is providing technical assistance during the decision process and is thrilled with the result. The administration will direct an update of the Integrated Pest Management program to review all pesticide products. They will use the reduced risk model to protect people and the environment.

Over the past decade, NCAP has partnered with cities on a number of projects, including guides for parks departments for non-herbicidal landscaping techniques and an online web portal for professionals. Staff joined Seattle's IPM IDT in 2017 in support of the process to update the City’s IPM program, which includes their list of approved pesticides for landscape use. Seattle is responding to new studies and concerns from the community related to glyphosate.

A Leader in Sustainability

Seattle has been a leader in sustainability issues and reducing pesticides. In 2015 after public organizing, they passed a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides on city property and have spent decades on meaningful pesticide reduction plans. Using IPM at Seattle Parks and Recreation has resulted in an estimated 80% drop in labor hours associated with pesticide applications since the 1980s and dramatically reduced pesticide use [1].

With a population of approximately 730,000, Seattle is joining other progressive cities around the country working to ensure their use of pesticides is kept to a minimum. Partnering with communities such as San Francisco and Portland, Seattle will continue to be part of a larger movement to support a healthy environment that is safe for wildlife, employees, and the public.

Spreading the Impact

Our hope is that other cities take the same steps to reduce exposure as well as schools, daycares and other pesticide users. The Seattle School District just announced a “halt” on glyphosate use. A statement from September announced on their website: “It has come to our attention that some district ground crews have used Roundup which contains glyphosate a potential carcinogenic. We have halted our use of this product. We will review grounds maintenance practices to ensure we follow policy and procedure.” [2] We will continue to monitor glyphosate use at Seattle public schools.

Further, we will continue to encourage stewardship among homeowners and renters. According to a 2014 report by Washington’s Department of Agriculture, more than half of surveyed residents in King County apply pesticides to their property, and glyphosate was the most common herbicide used [3]. We hope Seattle's action and awareness leads to better stewardship by all residents and that community members seek out alternatives to pesticides, especially where children live, learn and play.

[1] https://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/policies-and-plans/pesticide-reduction
[2] 
https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/grounds_maintenance_pesticide_practices
[3] 
Washington Department of Agriculture Study, 2014. https://agr.wa.gov/FP/Pubs/docs/103-409PSReportfinal2014.pdf

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Thank You, Seattle, for showing bold leadership in restricting glyphosate use and your work to prioritize people over pesticides.

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  • Maralee Cross
    signed 2019-04-19 14:41:08 -0700
    So proud of You, Seattle
  • Jen Davis
    signed via 2019-04-13 22:08:11 -0700
    Congratulations for this wise move to protect Seattle pets, pollinators, birds, earthworms, soil microbes and of course, humans.
  • Jana Larsen
    signed via 2019-04-13 08:02:12 -0700
  • Christine Gardiner
    signed 2019-04-12 16:37:07 -0700
    Please teach what you have learned to other cities.
  • Mulysa Melco
    signed 2019-04-11 14:10:39 -0700
  • Andrea Stapleton
    signed 2019-04-11 13:49:42 -0700
  • Rebecca Galloway
    signed via 2019-04-10 12:22:48 -0700
  • B. Greene
    signed 2019-04-10 12:14:52 -0700
  • Deborah Jackson
    signed 2019-04-09 21:09:19 -0700
  • Kim Leval
    signed 2019-04-09 13:14:55 -0700
    Thank you for working with NCAP and others to reduce the use of pesticides to protect community and environmental health!
  • Duff  & Marion Gerrish
    signed 2019-04-08 21:08:44 -0700
    thanks NCAP….for all you do
  • gaylene Hurley
    signed 2019-04-08 19:44:57 -0700
  • Marilyn Marcus
    signed 2019-04-08 10:57:27 -0700
  • Heather Trim
    signed 2019-04-07 19:41:04 -0700
    Thank you!
  • Patricia Gohier
    signed 2019-04-07 09:00:51 -0700
    PATRICIA L GOHIER
  • Bridget O'Brien
    signed 2019-04-07 01:57:35 -0700
    Bridget O’Brien
  • Suse Altengarten
    signed 2019-04-06 19:49:34 -0700
  • Lin Marie
    signed 2019-04-06 12:45:34 -0700
    Congratulations! And I hope this inspires your neighbors and all States to do the same. Lin
  • Donna Sharp
    signed 2019-04-06 10:04:03 -0700
  • Katherine Pryor
    signed 2019-04-06 08:38:25 -0700
  • Steven Gilbert
    signed 2019-04-06 08:06:24 -0700
  • Connie Tune
    signed 2019-04-06 07:42:13 -0700
  • Reida & Charles Kimmel
    signed 2019-04-05 13:40:32 -0700
  • Suzanne Roundy
    signed 2019-04-05 10:40:59 -0700
    It’s time we quit poisoning our environment and ourselves!
  • River West
    signed 2019-04-05 10:14:23 -0700
  • Christie Nelson
    signed 2019-04-05 09:22:53 -0700
    As a former resident of Seattle, I am proud to see this city taking a strong step against the use of this dangerous poison. I hope future restrictions, if not outright bans, will soon become the norm across the entire country!
  • Laura Hendricks
    signed 2019-04-05 08:50:44 -0700
    We are proud to be part of Seattle’s leadership in making Washington State a leader in pesticide free living.
  • shelly blazich
    signed 2019-04-05 08:30:03 -0700
    WOOTWOOT! we must un-poison the entire planet!
  • Jamien Fisher
    signed 2019-04-04 22:56:48 -0700
    Thank you, Seattle!
  • Amy Raven
    signed 2019-04-04 21:48:46 -0700
    Way to go!!