Posts By: Lisa Arkin

City tries to find pesticide substitute Beekeepers and environmentalists say the use of one treatment may kill bees

Beyond Toxics initiated the Save Oregon’s Bees Campaign in 2012 in partnership with local bee keepers.We are excited about the initial results of this collaborative effort! Beyond Toxics and our bee keeping partners, provided information to the City of Eugene about how the use of pesticides are harming our pollinators and presenting risks to children and… Read more »

Social Change Requires Heart

On this Valentine’s Day of affection, I want to express my gratitude to our members and volunteers. Knowing that you care keeps me traveling back and forth to the State Legislature to talk to elected leaders about pesticide use reduction. You give me the daily fortitude to deliver the message that Oregonians can, and must,… Read more »

Refusing to be a corporate throw-away community

Our ground-breaking work centers on bringing the voices of Oregonians to the forefront of policy reform. What do I mean by that? We help people who want to speak “ground-truthing” to power; in other words, using their real experiences to expose corporate financed and secret backroom deals that allow industry polluters to mislead and harm… Read more »

Coal trains and beloved local spots

The coal industry wants us to believe that coal exports are inevitable, and that supporting continued mining and burning coal is our destiny. I would argue that a beautiful community and renewable energy future is our destiny, and obsolete coal is the doom and desperation of Big Dirty Coal. How will the proposed arrival of… Read more »

Sighing with Delight…Over Honey!

Smooth and succulent.  Translucent colors, amber and smoke.  Made me pause and sigh with delight. Like a wine tasting, but without the alcohol.  I’m talking honey tasting! This is the fresh, newly extracted honey from the local hives that are part of the Healthy Bees = Healthy Gardens project.  I had never known honey could… Read more »

Stopping coal: A renewed moral imperative

I want to be clear: I am not against trains (I often travel by passenger train)! I am, however, critical about using our rail system to haul coal to coastal ports and then load the coal and ship it off to Asian destinations. And justifiably so! Besides the significant safety issues posed by rail shipment of… Read more »

A Day of Protecting our Local Watershed

I was amazed that when I woke up this morning, my back and shoulders weren’t very sore, just my forearms. That was after a full day of watershed restoration work near Fish Creek, one of the salmon habitat streams in the Siuslaw Watershed in Western Lane County. I had spent the day – with sixteen… Read more »