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    First Latino/a/x Landscaper Listening Session

    (By Dominica Navarro Martinez, Co-Director) Español abajo Those who work outside in landscaping and yard maintenance know best what is needed when it comes to environmental protections, as well as what customers are asking for. They are the key to advancing new strategies in landscaping that are environmentally responsible!
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    Ecosystem Health Relies on Insects: EPA Needs to Ban Neonicotinoids

    (By Sharalyn Peterson, Healthy Wildlife & Water Program Manager) Neonicotinoids, or neonics for short (pronounced NEE-oh-nix), are a type of systemic insecticide used widely in farming, plant nurseries and home pest control. A pesticide is “systemic” when it is absorbed by the plant and remains in its stems, roots, leaves, flowers and other parts. Neonics are either sprayed directly on the soil and on plants, or they are used to coat seeds for many crops (shown in image above). But like many pesticides, the toxic harms that neonics create aren’t just felt by the plants or seeds they are applied to. You might unknowingly be bringing neonics home to your garden, because plants sold in many nurseries are treated with neonics—see our list of Neonic-Free Nurseries in the Northwest in order to avoid these pesticides!  
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