|Farmers’ markets open to food-stamp clients|
Kennebec Journal - 5/11/2009.By Meghan V. Malloy – As the number of Maine families receiving food stamps nears 100,000, local farmers and state officials believe they have found a way to provide nutritious food to needy people. Farmers' markets are starting to use devices similar to automated teller machines that accept the cards that replaced paper food stamps.
|Everyone wins if food stamps buy farmers’ food|
Kennebec Journal - 5/11/2009.Editorial – Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually to provide food stamps to Maine's poor. Last year, the federally funded program distributed $214 million worth of food stamps in Maine. This year, increased funding from the feds meant that in April alone, spending on food stamps jumped from $16.8 million in 2008 to $26.5 million this year.
Bangor Daily News - 5/11/2009.Editorial – Debate over notifying neighbors of agricultural spraying centers on a fundamental question: Who has the responsibility to protect residents from potential harm? It is the residents themselves or the companies doing the spraying? So far, the state has left most of the responsibility to the residents. A bill currently under consideration in the Legislature would change that. It should be carefully considered.
|EPA Bans Carbofuran Pesticide Residues on Food |
Environmental News Service - 5/11/2009.Traces of the pesticide carbofuran can no longer remain on food sold in the United States, whether domestic or imported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.