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2015 Poultry Processing Workshop
Thursday, July 9
MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $75 for non-members; $60 for members
Information: Email Diane Schivera or contact the MOFGA office - (207) 568-4142

Join Diane Schivera, MOFGA Organic Livestock Specialist and local farmer Everett Ottinger of Nettie Fox Farm who raised the birds, for a workshop about how to process poultry. In this workshop you will be guided through a safe and humane process for turning live birds into oven ready roasters. We'll discuss poultry management, equipment and food safety concerns. Please bring your favorite kitchen knife, an apron, and a willingness to learn. Each participant will take home a bird.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Egypt bans genetically-modified food – can it be done?
Treehugger - 8/13/2009.
By Brian Merchant – In a surprising move, Egypt just announced that it won't be importing or exporting any genetically modified foods. Period. Plenty of traders both inside and outside the country were stunned, seeing as how Egypt's main agricultural imports currently include many GMOs. Can the nation realistically succeed in cutting out genetically modified foods on such a large scale?
Pesticides in your peaches: Tribune and USDA studies find pesticides, some in excess of EPA rules, in the fragrant fruit
Chicago Tribune - 8/12/2009.
Latest government report shows more than 50 pesticides on the fruit. How can you avoid the risks?
Roundup-resistant pigweed hurting farmers financially
GM Watch - 8/12/2009.
Al Tompkins, Poynter Online – Palmer Pigweed, a common weed found in cotton and soybean fields, was once fairly easy to control. Such fields, however, are now infested with the weed, which has become resistant to the herbicide that farmers typically use to kill it.
More concern over Monsanto’s penchant for chemical spraying?
Common Dreams - 8/12/2009.
By Craig Gilbert – Sure Catch Baits owner, Lisa Pilgrim, was in Toronto for a routine meeting with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) just over a year ago as a member of a baitfish advisory committee. There had been many such meetings, but this time she brought a prop. "It was an MNR sign, a proper notice, that said ‘don't eat the blueberries,'" Pilgrim said. The reason? The blueberries were in an area that had received herbicidal spray, applied from a helicopter, and were therefore potentially unsafe to consume.
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