|Parents need Snowe, Collins to be heroes in toxic chemical fight|
Kennebec Journal - 10/7/2011.Op-Ed by Megan Rice – Recently, my 4-year-old daughter made a card for her dad that read, "My daddy is my hero." On any given day, our girls are hoping and expecting that we will be their heroes, superheroes even. By definition, hero means protector or defender – two words that I believe are synonymous with parent.
|The California ballot initiative: standing up to Monsanto|
Common Dreams - 10/6/2011.By Ronnie Cummins – Monsanto and Food Inc.’s stranglehold over the nation’s food and farming system is about to be challenged in a food fight that will largely determine the future of American agriculture.
|Public hearing Friday on pesticides|
Kennebec Journal - 10/6/2011.By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: A public hearing Friday will address proposed new rules governing pesticide notification and use. One amended rule specifies that the current 500-foot notification distance for aerial applications be modified to allow for notification up to 1,000 feet from an aerial application.
|Labor pains on the farm|
Grist - 10/6/2011.By Tom Laskawy – I'm sure many people would secretly agree that most Americans don't have the physical stamina nor the appetite for manual labor. And now, The New York Times reports that farmers in some areas of the country are discovering that very fact for themselves.