Racism and Injustice in Pesticide Policy

Photo: Clay Banks (By Ashley Chesser, Executive Director) Last summer, NCAP hosted a film showing of the movie Circle of Poison, inspired by David Weir and Mark Schapiro’s book of the same name. The term, coined by authors, refers to the practice of manufacturing and exporting domestically banned pesticides for use on crops elsewhere, some of which returns on imported foods. Legal loopholes have allowed for the manufacture of pesticides - deemed unsafe for the American people - for export to developing countries where they cause devastation in the form of illness, severe birth defects and cancer.1 Continue reading

Mosquitoes: Managing these Uninvited Guests

Summertime during a pandemic means spending more time at home in our yards or social distancing at parks or recreation areas. And while we should all be doing our best to gather only in small groups, you’ve probably had at least a few uninvited guests to your outdoor gatherings in the form of mosquitoes. Over 50 species of mosquitoes live in the Pacific Northwest, active on warm summer days when we’re trying to enjoy the outdoors.1 While male mosquitoes feed solely on flower nectar, most adult female mosquitoes feed on protein-rich blood from a variety of animals – including humans.1 Continue reading

People Are Not Pests

The Role of Pesticides in Violence, Racism and the Spread of COVID-19 After sending out a recent Black Lives Matter solidarity statement, NCAP received several responses asking us to “stick to pesticides” and environmental issues. This month, staff and board took some time to reflect on the history of pesticides and ask you to join us in reviewing the role of pesticides in violence and systemic racism.  Continue reading

Nontoxic Disinfecting During COVID-19

(By Andrea Stapleton, Operations Coordinator) As the world continues to fight the current COVID-19 virus and we focus on safety for our communities, we must also carefully consider the substances we use to stop the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has general guidance that people can use for cleaning and disinfecting. The guidance states that the COVID-19 virus can be killed if we use the right products, and the EPA has a long list of registered disinfectants for use. But it is important to know that many of the disinfectants and sanitizers they recommend are also antimicrobial pesticides that can be quite toxic if used incorrectly. Continue reading

Protecting Oregon’s Vulnerable Communities by Addressing Unjust Working Conditions in the Time of COVID-19

(By Dominica Navarro, Healthy People & Communities Program Coordinator) During this new era of social distancing and working from home, my thoughts go out to those who are risking their lives on the frontlines. When it comes to keeping people safe during these trying times, it is the important work of essential employees that allows people to take refuge at home. With this added responsibility, it becomes our duty to ensure the highest degree of protection for essential workers. But what happens when some essential employees aren’t offered the protections available to others?  Continue reading