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Growing Issues – Join the Discussion!

The Portland Museum of Art is once again partnering with MOFGA for a series of events about growing programs and issues in our communities. All events take place in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium and are free for PMA and MOFGA members ($10 for the general public).

March 26
The Hidden World of Bees & Pollination
6:30 p.m.

Hear Christy Hemenway from Gold Star Bees, Heather Spalding, MOFGA Deputy Director, and Fedco Seeds founder, C.R. Lawn, talk about our pollinators and the national and local issues that concern them and our food supply. Maine honey and mead tasting to follow.

April 4
Inside the Portland Food Co-op
11:00 a.m.

Food co-ops are nationally on the rise. Learn why these organizations are so integral to a sustainable community and about the Portland Food Co-op’s unique mission to serve the community.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Closing the farm to plate knowledge gap
Common Dreams - 6/19/2009.
By Rob Smart – In the battle for the hearts and minds (and pocket books) of everyday Americans, the large corporate players in today's industrial food system must be pleased. Consumer advocates for sustainable, healthy food are fighting with farmers, not because either picked a fight with the other, but because the knowledge gap between them has grown so expansive that misunderstandings rule the day.
Sale and use of 200 pesticides to be banned in New BrunswickSale and use of 200 pesticides to be banned in New Brunswick
CBC News - 6/18/2009.
The New Brunswick government is banning the use and sale of 200 over-the-counter lawn-care pesticides starting later this year. Environment Minister Roland Haché announced the ban in the legislative assembly on Thursday. The government is clamping down on pesticides through a regulatory change. Haché said there will be some exemptions to the ban for the agriculture and forestry sectors, as well as golf courses.
Baldacci signs bills to curb obesity: Legislation focuses on restaurants, schools
Bangor Daily News - 6/18/2009.
By Kevin Miller – Gov. John Baldacci ceremonially signed three bills on Wednesday to help Mainers count calories while dining out and to improve the state’s monitoring of childhood obesity. Public health advocates said the measures – including a menu-labeling requirement for chain restaurants – are small but important steps that could reverse Maine’s childhood obesity rate, which is ranked the highest in New England.
A chemical found in most consumer products may cause heart disease in women
Alternet - 6/18/2009.
By Elizabeth Grossman – A study released this week by researchers at the University of Cincinnati says that exposure to bisphenol A may increase heart disease in women. Bisphenol A (BPA) is the chemical building block of polycarbonate plastics and is used in countless consumer products including food and beverage containers, kitchen appliances, electronics, and packaging and is used to make resins that line food and drink cans.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 11 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

April 11 - "Cultivating Our Community 2015: Healthy Soil Matters!"

April 14 - Volunteer Kitchen Work Day at MOFGA

April 19 - Help Plant 75 Historic Apple and Pear Trees


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