Tell the EPA: Your Proposal Doesn't Go Far Enough!

  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new label language for pesticides that are toxic to bees. The language would prohibit growers and pesticide applicators from using certain pesticides when contracted bees (usually honeybees) are on-site to perform pollination services.   The measure is a step in the right direction but doesn’t go far enough! Continue reading

New Bill to Protect Children

Washington Schools Urged to Reduce Pesticide Use with Integrated Pest Management Policy.  Sen. Maralyn Chase (D-32nd District, Shoreline) introduced SB 6002, a bill to protect children from pesticide exposure in Washington schools. The bill would require Washington school districts to implement integrated pest management programs by Sept. 1, 2016.  Continue reading

Clean Water for Salmon: An Elusive Goal

While we often hear that we are an over-regulated nation, the truth is that thousands of miles of salmon and steelhead streams continue to be subjected to contamination by hazardous pesticides, even though the National Marine Fisheries Service has determined that the legal use of these pesticides jeopardizes the survival of multiple runs. Continue reading

Give Thanks for SEEDS!

We gather around our tables and give thanks this week for the bounty of the harvest, but do we think of the seeds that were planted to grow the tasty pumpkin or squash? Continue reading

What I DIDN'T say before the Seattle City Council

Last month, I testified before the Seattle City Council to encourage their support of the neonicotinoid ban on city property.  They allowed 2 minutes of testimony and at the end I wanted to add a personal message but did not get the opportunity.  With October and cancer awareness in full bloom, I’d like to share what I didn’t say to the City Council. Continue reading