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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship though cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Lab study establishes glyphosate link to birth defects
Institute for Science in Society - 10/4/2010.
By Dr. Mae-Wan Ho – It started in 2002, two years after the large scale introduction of Roundup Ready soybeans to Argentina. People were reporting birth defects from exposure to glyphosate sprays during pregnancy; and the problem got worse.
Farm-to-School's Teachable Moment
Other Words - 10/4/2010.
By JoAnne Berkenkamp – Schools throughout the country are shaking up the cafeteria through new initiatives to improve children's health while giving a boost to local farmers. It's time to give the mystery meat a break and bring out locally produced apples, squash, tomatoes, and chicken.
A recap of the FDA’s ‘Frankenfish’ hearings
Grist - 10/4/2010.
By Jill Richardson – The government recently held three days of meetings about whether to approve the "AquAdvantage" salmon – genetically engineered (GE) to grow faster thanks to genes from the Chinook salmon and from the eel-like ocean pout – for human consumption. As I reported here, the FDA special committee charged with evaluating the safety of the fish seemed likely to rubber-stamp the super-size salmon.
Fixing USDA dietary guidelines won’t fix our diets
Grist - 10/4/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – Reporter Jane Black has a good overview of the upcoming revision of USDA dietary guidelines in today's Washington Post. As she observes, Big Ag and Big Food typically resist any attempts by the government to give specific advice on which foods and how much of them you should eat.
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