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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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  • Patricia Spicer
    signed 2019-04-03 10:11:10 -0700
  • Nancy Diskin
    signed 2019-04-03 10:10:12 -0700
  • Dan Kent
    signed 2019-04-03 09:55:36 -0700
  • Barbara Lafferty
    signed 2019-04-03 09:49:55 -0700
    Thank you for you commitment to the health of the people in your community and to the healthy of the planet
  • christina chambreau
    signed 2019-04-03 09:47:36 -0700
    As a holistic vet I super applaud this decision. Will be sending this email to the Baltimore “weed squad” who is still using roundup on bittersweet and stiltgrass.
  • Kathleen McDonald
    signed 2019-04-03 09:30:30 -0700
    Thank you!
  • Patricia Kreger
    signed 2019-04-03 09:27:21 -0700
    Good job on ya Seattle!!!
  • Diane Hardee
    signed 2019-04-03 09:26:22 -0700
  • Susan Nolte
    signed 2019-04-03 09:20:10 -0700
    I wish that Washington County Oregon would follow suite!!
  • Irene Bensinger
    signed 2019-04-03 09:13:30 -0700
    Please, please help extend the restrictions to all of Washington!
  • Toby Thaler
    signed 2019-04-03 09:13:08 -0700
  • Nancy Vallereux
    signed via 2019-04-03 09:08:20 -0700
    Nancy Vallereux
  • Cindy Edgers
    signed 2019-04-03 09:07:46 -0700
    thank you so much!
  • Linda Rothstein Mayer
    signed 2019-04-03 09:06:22 -0700
    I have supported NCAP for some time and am thrilled to receive this heartening news. We have lost friends to cancer caused from use of Roundup and glyphosate needs to be banned entirely in the USA. Thank you Seattle for your commitment.
  • Judy Snow
    signed 2019-04-03 09:04:39 -0700
    Judy Snow
  • Ellen Glaccum
    signed 2019-04-03 09:03:46 -0700
  • Rebecca Hale
    signed 2019-04-03 08:55:59 -0700
    Rebecca Hale Our northern neighbors are always ahead on these issues.
  • Gordon Fradenburgh
    signed 2019-04-03 08:53:24 -0700
    I used to live in Seattle, the most beautiful city in my opinion. I love Seattle!
  • Michael Gannon
    signed 2019-04-03 08:51:47 -0700
  • Charles Joy
    signed 2019-04-03 08:31:34 -0700
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  • Mollie Crowell
    signed 2019-04-03 08:28:35 -0700
  • Sheri Metschan
    signed 2019-04-03 08:27:28 -0700
    Good job Seattle!!! I hope Portland & surrounding cities do the same.
  • Linda Swanson-Davies
    signed 2019-04-03 08:27:14 -0700
  • John G. Ward
    signed 2019-04-03 08:25:26 -0700
    If I grew up, it was in Seattle: Seattle Prep, Seattle U Chemical Engineer, Seattle City Light, Seattle Times. Glad to see real progress in prioritizing people over pesticides, especially Glyphosate.
  • Carol Newman
    signed 2019-04-03 08:23:30 -0700
  • Beverly Dooley
    signed 2019-04-03 08:19:35 -0700
  • Nancy Battaglino
    signed 2019-04-03 08:16:59 -0700
    When will we learn that the root of all these diseases and cancers just has to come from the pesticides and chemicals we allow to seep in to and live inside all our food and water sources. Thank you for your efforts! Lets’ shine the light brighter.
  • Jennifer Andrews
    signed 2019-04-03 08:15:38 -0700
    Yay! Thanks for prioritizing health.
  • Susan Becker
    signed 2019-04-03 08:11:48 -0700
    Thank you Seattle for leading the way for enviromental change!

    Susan Becker
  • Kathleen Hering
    signed 2019-04-03 08:10:59 -0700