Pesticide use is a critical environmental justice issue known to cause a myriad of health problems and environmental degradation.
What we are doing
Beyond Toxics is leading a movement to protect human and environmental health. Our goal is to transition beyond harmful synthetic pesticides by working with impacted communities to win local and statewide policy advocacy campaigns.
Our Non Toxic Oregon Project advocates for protecting people, pets, and wildlife across Oregon from toxic pesticides in parks, sports fields, schools, and roadsides. We encourage land managers to rethink the management of turf in parks, school grounds, playing fields, golf courses, public spaces, and yards, as well as in food production spaces. Our goal is to keep public places beautiful and safe for children, pets, and pollinators. Learn more.
The Resilient Forestry Campaign protects forest lands, watersheds and the ecosystems upon which native plants, wildlife and communities depend. Beyond Toxics provides leadership within statewide coalitions to link forest protections with climate mitigation while pressing for major reforms of forest laws and practices. Learn more
We initiate and participate in rulemaking by the Oregon Department of Agriculture to develop more stringent restrictions for highly hazardous, persistent and volatile pesticides proven to cause health problems, air pollution and water contamination. We advance sound recommendations to safeguard the health of farm workers, bystanders and children who are affected by harmful pesticide drift. | Learn more
A Who's Who of pesticides is therefore of concern to us all. If we are going to live so intimately with these chemicals eating and drinking them, taking them into the very marrow of our bones - we had better know something about their nature and their power.”
Victory for New York City! Use of pesticides is banned in all parks and playgrounds.