Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Herbicides and Health Near Oregon Forests

Most recent numbers from the EPA show 877 million pounds of pesticides used in agriculture in the USA annually.
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Even staunch supporters of the timber industry got angry when pesticides sprayed on a tree plantation landed on people in Curry County in 2013--people who went to court to sue. 

Herbicides are a source of great concern, around the countryside and in town. 

Eugene-based Beyond Toxics and other groups are holding a series of town hall meetings around Oregon to talk about pesticide use and misuse. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue October 7, 2014

The Yes Side On No Pesticides

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Jackson County's vote in May to ban GMO crops overshadowed a vote on a nearly identical measure in Josephine County. 

Now Josephine County voters are considering a ballot measure that could ban pesticides if passed. 

Measure 17-63 is called "The Freedom from Pesticides Bill of Rights" by its supporters. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Eugene Takes Action On Pesticides


It's not easy to say "neonicotinoid pesticide," perhaps harder still to pass legislation regulating it. 

The Oregon Legislature backed off new regulations on the pesticides, opting instead for further study and a task force. 

This is the class of pesticides blamed for a major bee kill near Portland in Summer 2013. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Trying To Turn Bee Concern Into Legislation


The killing of tens of thousands of bees in the Portland area last year sparked widespread concern about the use of pesticides. 

And the concern translated to regulation, but so far, no legislation.  A bill to toughen up some pesticide laws just got watered down in the Oregon legislature.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 27, 2014 | 8:30
10:43 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Farmers + Enviros = Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships

Crop spraying on the farm.
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More than 50 years after Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring," we're still debating the proper use of pesticides. 

And the debate often puts environmental groups and farmers at odds with each other. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 20, 2013
10:27 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Pesticide Use On Private Forests In Oregon

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Public forests are managed with limits on their uses and are required to keep detailed records. 

Private forests, on the other hand, have to follow laws like the Oregon Forest Practices Act, but the records are less open to the public. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:27 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Campaigning For A Ban On Neonicotinoids


The bodies of 50,000 dead bees no longer litter the parking lot of a Portland-area shopping center.

But the impact of last June's bee kill is still being felt. 

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