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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship through cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Nanomaterials in fertilizer products could threaten soil health, agriculture
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 4/24/2013.
By Andrew Ranallo - IATP’s report, Nanomaterials in Soil: Our Future Food Chain?, draws attention to the delicate soil food chain, including microbes and microfauna, that enable plant growth and produce new soil. Laboratory experiments have indicated that sub-molecular nanoparticles could damage beneficial soil microbes and the digestive systems of earthworms, essential engineers in maintaining soil health.
Crowd at Capitol pushes for GMO food labeling
Portland Daily Sun - 4/24/2013.
By David Carkhuff - Likening their effort to a "David and Goliath"-style struggle for consumer rights, advocates of a Maine bill to identify foods with genetically modified organisms as ingredients crowded into the State House Wednesday to push for GMO labeling of foods. "We’re up against a giant," said Ben Pratt, a former Democratic state legislator from Eddington, who called himself a "citizen lobbyist." Pratt, who served on the Agriculture Committee in the Legislature, joined dozens of other citizens in supporting LD 718, An Act to Protect Maine Food Consumers’ Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock.
Should Maine require labeling for genetically modified food?
Portland Press Herald - 4/24/2013.
By Steve Mistler - Augusta: The national debate over genetically modified food moved to the State House on Tuesday, pitting agribusiness, grocers and some Maine farmers against a well-organized group of organic farmers and national food-safety advocates seeking to opt out of the "GMO experiment."
Legislation Would Require Clear Labeling of GE Food
Environmental Working Group - 4/24/2013.
Washington, D.C. - Environmental Working Group applauds Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) for introducing the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, bipartisan legislation that would require food manufacturers to clearly label genetically engineered (GE) foods.
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