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Mary Margaret and Eugene Ripley

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Mary Margaret and Gene Ripley of Ripley Organic Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. The Ripleys raise more than 50 kinds of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, highbush blueberries and other perennial landscape plants. They market through their CSA with pickups at the farm and in Bangor; at the Orono Farmers' Market on Saturdays; and to Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative and other wholesale accounts. "We are proud to have our farm inspected on a yearly basis by MOFGA to ensure our compliance with the organic standards," say the Ripleys. Follow the farm on Facebook and on their website.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Will the Food Safety Modernization Act better protect us from contaminated food?
Grist - 11/11/2010.
Tom Philpott, Grist senior food writer: Well, obviously no single bill can address all the issues we've raised. I guess my answer is: Maybe. The best we can hope for from it is a step, probably a small one, in the right direction. It won't affect the meat supply, for example, which is one of the prime sources of hazard in the food system.
Death of gene patents?
Institute for Science in Society - 11/11/2010.
The US federal government dropped a bombshell on 29 October 2010 when it reversed a longstanding policy. It said that patents should not be granted for genomic DNA as it is a product of nature even when isolated from the organism. However, recombinant DNA, or new combinations for DNA for making genetically modified organisms, or gene therapy, or ‘synthetic life’ remain patentable.
Elections changing food policy
Zester Daily - 11/10/2010.
By Louisa Kasdon – When people went to the polls last week, perhaps they didn't realize they were also voting on what appears on many American dinner tables. The new Republican majority in the House may have a fast and devastating impact on hunger in America. "It's not a done deal yet, but budget cuts for food assistance programs are in the ether,” says Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Death of the Mom & Pop Grocery Store
Public News Service - 11/10/2010.
Smaller, rural grocery stores have disappeared from the landscape, unable to compete as cheaper prices of the major retail chains have lured consumers. Jon Bailey, director of research and analysis for the Center for Rural Affairs, says that when small stores close, it changes more than a town's character.
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