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The Great Maine Apple Day: Learn, Taste, Share, Enjoy!
October 25, noon to 4 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture. The annual Great Maine Apple Day, sponsored by MOFGA, Fedco and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, takes place on Saturday, October 25, from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Admission is $2 for MOFGA members and $4 for nonmembers. More information.


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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Upcoming MOFGA Events

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

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