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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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  • Forrestcallaghan
    @Forrestcallagh1 tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-04 19:49:48 -0700
  • Forrest Callaghan
    signed 2019-04-04 19:49:25 -0700
  • Judy L Snow
    signed via 2019-04-04 18:16:26 -0700
  • Susan Benson
    signed via 2019-04-04 17:03:36 -0700
  • Patricia Golden
    signed 2019-04-04 16:52:20 -0700
  • Kate Campbell
    signed 2019-04-04 16:41:51 -0700
    Thank you for your leadership in protecting the health of all citizens.
  • Becky Palmer
    signed 2019-04-04 14:26:13 -0700
    It is time Americans stepped up and stopped these cancer causing products. Now how about stopping the Psychotic drug Marijuana. This also causes lung cancer, Schizophrenia and other terrible diseases plus has a rise in crime like robberies, car accidents and physical assaults.
  • Karan Hatzenbeler
    signed 2019-04-04 13:52:13 -0700
  • michelle gaither
    signed 2019-04-04 13:49:22 -0700
    hope to participate/be helpful in 2019! gaither
  • Miriam Poston
    signed 2019-04-04 13:49:11 -0700
    Way to go, Seattle. Let’s get Portland on board asap.
  • Jo Dhooghe
    signed via 2019-04-04 13:27:58 -0700
  • Nancy Shumate
    signed 2019-04-04 12:16:30 -0700
  • Martin Falk
    signed 2019-04-04 12:07:13 -0700
  • Stephanie Lecovin
    signed 2019-04-04 11:39:29 -0700
    Thank you for being a leader, Seattle! I hope the Eastside follows suit soon!
  • Lauren McNiece
    signed 2019-04-04 11:36:36 -0700
  • Chris Piché
    signed 2019-04-04 10:48:32 -0700
    “All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth…Continue to contaminate your own bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own waste.” Chief Seattle. Thank you for following the path of that prophetic chief who walks and talks among the “weeds” and flowers of Seattle watching its community gardens grow.
  • Stephen Merrill
    signed 2019-04-04 09:05:30 -0700
    Hurray Seattle! Stephen Merrill
  • Debbie Fields
    signed 2019-04-04 08:53:23 -0700
  • Sabrina Siegel
    signed 2019-04-04 08:32:48 -0700
  • Julie Glover
    signed via 2019-04-04 03:38:00 -0700
    Thank God for some sanity around this extremely serious issue! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
  • Craig Shumate
    signed 2019-04-04 03:37:39 -0700
  • David Tvedt
    signed 2019-04-04 01:19:01 -0700
  • Bruce Campbell
    signed 2019-04-04 00:43:57 -0700
    Glyphosate is middle-aged yet is immersing our bodies as 2020 approaches.


    But there is a New Roundup ! It is true. Feel heartened? Do not!


    The new Roundup formulation contains Agent Orange component 2,4-D which necessarily contains dioxin contaminants — and over half the time contains one of the two deadliest kinds of dioxin. But they don’t stop there.


    Seeing that glyphosate kills all plants not engineered to resist it (until some weeds grow immune to it after considerable exposure), using just 2,4-D would not control a large variety of weeds. Thus, several other herbicides are added to the 2,4-D (plus inert ingredients) so that areas can be blanketed with aerial herbicides and kill all vegetation except for the crop of choice devised by recombinant DNA technology crossing the trans-species barrier with antibiotic-resistant markers.


    Thanks for great recent progress for sane veg management!
  • Izaak Koller
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  • Duane Villafaña
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  • Charles Langford
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  • Sandra Antil
    signed 2019-04-03 23:11:11 -0700
  • Robyn Jones
    signed via 2019-04-03 22:52:46 -0700
    Thank you for being forward thinking!
  • Nancy Lyles
    signed 2019-04-03 22:03:42 -0700
  • paula teplitz
    signed 2019-04-03 21:52:27 -0700
    paula a teplitz