|It’s time for a better federal chemical safety law|
Bangor Daily News - 11/15/2011.Editorial – When Maine lawmakers several years ago considered banning some chemicals deemed harmful to health that were used in products sold here, one of the first arguments made in opposition was that such action would result in a patchwork quilt of regulations among the 50 states.
|Growing your way out|
Kennebec Journal - 11/13/2011.By Craig Crosby – In their quest to reduce their food bills, many Mainers look no farther than their own backyards. With a little sweat equity, planting a vegetable garden can provide a healthful alternative to purchasing food at the grocery store.
|How to feed the world: start small|
Breakthroughs Magazine - 11/13/2011.By Eileen Ecklund – Claire Kremen believes that understanding what is good for bees is a first step toward shaping agricultural ecosystems, or "agroecosystems," that can sustain both humans and natural biodiversity, without the need for the huge inputs of chemicals and energy that have made industrial farming practices so damaging.
|Grocers, food banks struggling to help feed hungry families|
Kennebec Journal - 11/12/2011.By Craig Crosby – South China: Pete Haskell sits behind his desk in his dimly lit office in the basement of his grocery store. Upstairs, shoppers load their baskets with cans and boxes, many marked with a blaze orange sticker announcing DISCOUNT. Haskell, a multi-generational farmer who also owns a trucking and fuel company, has watched the nation's economic woes from different angles, and seen the fear up close on the faces of his customers.