Protecting My Pesticide-Free Garden

By Teresa Miller, NCAP Supporter Photo: Corn and garlic in Teresa Miller's garden One Friday morning in late June of last year, just as my heirloom corn plants were hitting their stride, I looked out the kitchen window and saw a man spraying my neighbors’ lawn with something from a tank truck, which sent clouds drifting over the fence and onto my vegetable beds. Continue reading

Your Drinking Water – A Source of Pesticides?

(By Sharon Selvaggio, Healthy Wildlife & Water Program Director) “All is well!” says that annual statement from your drinking water company. When you read that your drinking water is in compliance with regulatory guidelines, you might feel relieved. But, did you know that testing and regulatory requirements apply to only a small handful of pesticides? Yes, it’s true! Continue reading

Find an eco-professional

You can help reduce the demand for toxic pesticides and encourage ecologically sound alternatives by finding a responsible company to help you with your home’s landscape and lawn maintenance. If you don’t have the time, don’t have the expertise or find a pest problem is beyond your skills, it might be time to hire a professional. By asking the right questions, you can ensure your home is both pest and pesticide-free. Download our Guide to Choosing an Eco-Friendly Landscaping Company. Continue reading

Connecting Cultures through Regenerative Farming

(By Christina Stucker-Gassi, Healthy Food & Farms Lead) Preparing the field for planting (left), Seed plots of hundreds of varieties of rice from all over the world are conserved by Navdanya (right). Photos taken by Christina Stucker-Gassi in 2015. Continue reading

Two New Studies Highlight Why Buying and Eating Organic Make a Difference

(By Megan Dunn, Healthy People & Communities Program Director) Two new studies released by Friends of the Earth show why it is so important to buy and eat organic. One study found pesticide residues in conventionally grown food purchased from major retailers, and a second study found pesticide levels in the body drop dramatically after just one week of eating organic! Continue reading