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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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  • Kristina Townsend
    signed via 2019-04-03 21:38:07 -0700
    My child has been hospitalized for drift in neighborhoods BAN IT!!!!
  • Rachel Koller
    signed 2019-04-03 21:18:38 -0700
    Keep up this leadership and prioritize alternatives that don’t jeopardize our health. Rachel Koller
  • Jessie Powers
    signed 2019-04-03 21:10:36 -0700
  • Beckey Sukovaty
    signed via 2019-04-03 21:08:16 -0700
  • beth peterson
    signed 2019-04-03 21:03:51 -0700
    for the good of all.
  • Eve Heidtmann
    signed 2019-04-03 20:37:30 -0700
  • Gwen Vernon
    signed 2019-04-03 20:03:44 -0700
  • Betsy Bensen
    signed 2019-04-03 20:03:03 -0700
  • Natalia Tune
    signed 2019-04-03 19:51:41 -0700
    A full ban would be best, but this is a step in the right direction.
  • Don Hildenbrand
    signed 2019-04-03 19:50:41 -0700
  • Leslie Poon
    signed 2019-04-03 19:45:10 -0700
  • Marguerite Winkel
    signed 2019-04-03 19:34:41 -0700
    I hope you give the same attention and very high caution to the use of chlorophenoxy herbicides (2.4-D and dicamba in weed and feed also) which are at least as dangerous and widely used as glyphosate. Using products like worm castings and non toxic mechanical methods can greatly enhance the appearance and health of the ground and the plants and animals inhabiting those areas. Love you, Seattle!!
  • Jamie Ryan Lockman
    signed 2019-04-03 19:29:39 -0700
    Thanks for your leadership, Seattle!
  • Diane Emerson
    signed 2019-04-03 19:04:33 -0700
    Thank you, Seattle! Hope you can influence King County to do the same!
  • Doris Olivers
    signed 2019-04-03 19:03:19 -0700
    Thanks for all the effort to make this a reality.
  • Susan Deemer
    signed 2019-04-03 18:48:57 -0700
    Susan Deemer
  • Katherine Schultz
    signed 2019-04-03 18:18:15 -0700
    Glyphosate applied generously on my children’s school grounds many years ago was likely the cause of my child’s non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I applaud the city of Seattle!

    Katherine Schultz
  • Donald Kusler
    signed 2019-04-03 18:17:59 -0700
  • Patti Randles
    signed 2019-04-03 18:05:35 -0700
    I wish Oregon would do this, too.
  • Nancy Bishop-Harvey
    signed 2019-04-03 17:58:40 -0700
    So pleased that Monsantos (now under Johnson & Johnson) roundup is being taken seriously. For what the birds and bees as pollinators eat we also injest. Thank you Seattle
  • Melinda Lowe
    signed via 2019-04-03 17:14:24 -0700
    Bravo Seattle!
  • Celia Hawley
    signed 2019-04-03 17:07:50 -0700
    Thank you for this big step forward. Someday I hope Glyphosate will be entirely banned in our state, the rest of the USA, and globally.
  • Scott Shankland
    signed via 2019-04-03 16:43:45 -0700
  • Judyth Reichenberg
    signed via 2019-04-03 16:15:59 -0700
    YES!
  • Mary Rollins
    signed 2019-04-03 16:07:36 -0700
    Please hurry.
  • Cheryl Bruner
    signed 2019-04-03 15:49:37 -0700
    Finally , hope it becomes a trend
  • Grace Neff
    signed 2019-04-03 15:46:55 -0700
    Now if every City would follow your lead.
  • Jennie Lindberg
    signed 2019-04-03 15:46:44 -0700
  • William Lider
    signed 2019-04-03 15:21:38 -0700
  • Sarah Kleeger
    signed 2019-04-03 14:50:07 -0700