Alexander Hamilton was supposed to get the axe, but now it appears Andrew Jackson will be cut from the 20-dollar bill, in favor of a woman.  Which woman? 

Tell us in this week's VENTSday, by survey or on the air. 

Our other topic is Earth Day-related: how have you changed your behavior with chemicals to be kind to the environment? 

Listeners take stage on our weekly VENTSday segment, a chance to vent on a couple of topics in the news--by phone, by email, or through our online survey. We provide the topics, you provide the opinions. Your thoughts are front and center on VENTSday.


You can start a pretty heated discussion just by using the term "pesticides" in a small gathering. 

People do not like the side effects of pesticides, but see the need for SOMETHING to keep weeds and insects from crowding out important crops. 

The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, NCAP, does what its name implies: look for non-pesticide solutions to pests. 

NCAP is one of several organizations taking part in "Pesticides, People, Pollinators, and the Planet," Saturday April 16 at Southern Oregon University. 


The herbicide glyphosate is better known by its commercial name, Roundup. 

By any name, it has many critics, including the organization Moms Across America

MAA recently tested ten California wines for evidence of glyphosate, and found it in all ten--even in a wine from an organic vineyard.   The wines came from Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties.


You can almost imagine the dawn of pesticides: "hey look, when I put this on, the bugs die." 

It was a great thing... until people noticed the unintended effects.  Substances that poison one living thing can poison others. 

Recent years have seen the rise of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an approach to pest control that does not rule out pesticides, but does not place them at the center of control either. 

IPM is well known at Oregon State University's Integrated Plant Protection Center, where Paul Jepson is the director. 

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Drive along the Southern Oregon and Northern California coast, and you'll see a sign proclaiming "Easter Lily Capital of the World." 

The flowers do grow well in the coastal climate, but some of the practices associated with lily cultivation concern nearby residents. 

Those include chemicals used to keep pests off the plants, chemicals not welcome in the nearby Smith River, California's only un-dammed river. 

Siskiyou Land Conservancy works to keep lily cultivation from harming the river or the land. 


Is it safe to say we all believe in biodiversity on the Earth?  How about inside our homes? 

Entomologists from North Carolina and the California Academy of Sciences recently studied the numbers of arthropods in our homes--think ants and spiders and such--and found a surprising number: about 100 different species in the average home. 

Species, not individual critters.  Before you reach for the fly swatter or the bug spray, hear the entomologists out. 


The federal Environmental Protection Agency angered environmental groups with its approval of the joint use of two herbicides as one product. 

So the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit. 

Just recently, the EPA announced that it would reconsider its decision, asking the court to remove the registration of the product.

The joint product, Enlist Duo, combines the herbicides 2,4,D and glyphosate (Roundup), individually the targets of scientific study and environmentalist concern. 

Darryl Ivy

Concerns about aerial spraying of pesticides on Oregon forest land reached a new level recently, when a court ordered Applebee Aviation to stop spraying pesticides without a license. 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture asked for the injunction, which may be the first request of its kind. 

Applebee is the company whistleblower Darryl Ivy briefly worked for last spring, when he documented, in video, helicopters spraying him with chemicals. 

Ivy sought medical attention and left the company; he joins us on the air with his story. 


The University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program put a new class on its schedule in the academic year now ending... a class combining environmental justice and the media. 

So students learned about making documentaries on environmental issues. 

The first one finished is called "Drift", about aerial herbicide spraying that landed on people in the Gold Beach area in October 2013. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Side-by-side comparisons show Oregon's pesticide rules on forestry spraying are weaker than in other states. 

Those rules played a part in the spraying of dozens of homes and people and animals by a helicopter near Gold Beach two years ago. 

The incident led to fines and a suspension, but no change in rules.  Oregon house member Ann Lininger wants to see the rules change, and she's made several efforts to change them through the legislature. 

Herbicides and Health Near Oregon Forests

Jan 13, 2015

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. 

The Yes Side On No Pesticides

Oct 7, 2014

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. 

Eugene Takes Action On Pesticides

Mar 10, 2014

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. 

Trying To Turn Bee Concern Into Legislation

Feb 20, 2014

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.


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. 

Pesticide Use On Private Forests In Oregon

Dec 20, 2013

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. 

Campaigning For A Ban On Neonicotinoids

Nov 20, 2013

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.