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Welcome to NCAP's blog: The Buzz! Here you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the latest efforts to reduce pesticides, tips for finding effective alternatives, and what you can do to help create a safe world and protect the health of people and the environment.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: Composting for Healthy Plants

by Genealle Visagorskis — last modified Dec 21, 2011 05:27 PM
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What to do with all those leaves? They're compost gold. Easy tips for starting your own pile. read more...

Tug of War

by Josh Vincent — last modified Dec 21, 2011 05:03 PM
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2011's story of environmental groups, chemical companies, and the battle for science. read more...

Sink or Swim

by Josh Vincent — last modified Dec 21, 2011 04:46 PM

if you were on a ship that was sinking, would you climb in a lifeboat and start rowing, or would you throw the lifeboat overboard to lighten the load? This seemingly easy-to-answer question has given Congress a hard time in the form of ‘What to do with sustainable agriculture programs now that the economy is failing?’ read more...

Wild About Bed Bugs

by Josh Vincent — last modified Dec 21, 2011 04:41 PM
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Call him the ‘Bed Bug Czar.’ Jon Wild is a property manager with Home Forward, a public housing provider in Portland, Oregon. read more...

Northwest Meets South Asia

by Josh Vincent — last modified Dec 21, 2011 04:24 PM

In 2011, NCAP was fortunate enough to meet with activist Vandana Shiva. Get the scoop on that conversation here. read more...

Avoid Having a Lousy Day

by Aimee Code — last modified Nov 30, 2011 06:26 PM
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Whether or not head lice has not been a problem at your school this year, check out these tips to help you and your family prevent getting lice. read more...

Farm Bill Still in Play

by Jennifer Miller — last modified Nov 21, 2011 12:37 PM

Despite recent rumblings that Congress would soon be announcing the 2012 Food and Farm Bill, the process is not over. It appears the debt super committee process is about to fail, so the urgency to include a Farm Bill in the process is fading. read more...

Four Things for the Farm Bill

by NSAC — last modified Nov 16, 2011 04:35 PM

Recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on the Imminent 2012 Farm Bill Proposal, courtesy of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. read more...

Natural Aphid Predators: Lacewing Larvae

by Genealle Visagorskis — last modified Nov 14, 2011 03:03 PM

NCAP volunteer Genealle Visagorskis reflects on the symbiotic relationship between gardeners and lacewing larvae. read more...

GE Deregulation Hearing Comes to Corvallis

by Josh Vincent — last modified Nov 10, 2011 07:40 PM
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The USDA/APHIS is holding a public hearing on deregulating genetically engineered 'Roundup Ready' sugarbeets in Corvallis, OR on November 17th. read more...