|Film shows harm caused by chemicals|
Portland Press Herald - 6/14/2012. Letter to the Editor by Sophie Yang – Fifty years have now passed since the first publication of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," a monumental work of environmental social critique that provided overwhelming evidence of the harmful effects of chemicals and pesticides on the environment, animals and humans. Although Carson's work contributed to the successful banning of the pesticide DDT in the U.S. in 1972, today's planet is still riddled with toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
|Can garden farming be too successful?|
The Contrary Farmer - 6/13/2012. By Gene Logsdon – This is just mischievous philosophical musing. Don’t take me too seriously. On the other hand… One of my favorite books is the classic “Farmers of Forty Centuries” by F.H. King, written in 1911. It details the way food was produced in much of Asia for something like four thousand years and still is in many places there. It was, according to King who traveled the area at that time, an amazing kind of small scale agriculture that, without chemical fertilizer or power machinery of any kind was producing more food per acre at the beginning of the 20th century than farming in America then or now.
|Farmland Trust lets family farm remain intact|
Kennebec Journal - 6/13/2012. By Mechele Cooper – Belgrade: Roger and Dawn Bickford had always hoped that their 120-acre farm, which had been with the family for more than a century, would remain intact. It remained a dairy farm until 1989, when the primary crops became hay and vegetables. Now, with the help of Maine Farmland Trust, the Bickfords' two sons, Dwayne and Wayne Bickford, have been able to ensure the property will remain intact and forever farmland.
|The five farm bill amendments you should keep an eye on|
Grist - 6/13/2012. By Philip Bump – Right now, the Senate is considering the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (read: the farm bill, though ARFJA is also catchy). It left the Senate Agriculture committee and arrived on the Senate floor, where it was promptly peppered with over 90 amendments.