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Mary Margaret and Eugene Ripley

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Mary Margaret and Gene Ripley of Ripley Organic Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. The Ripleys raise more than 50 kinds of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, highbush blueberries and other perennial landscape plants. They market through their CSA with pickups at the farm and in Bangor; at the Orono Farmers' Market on Saturdays; and to Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative and other wholesale accounts. "We are proud to have our farm inspected on a yearly basis by MOFGA to ensure our compliance with the organic standards," say the Ripleys. Follow the farm on Facebook and on their website.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The fight over the future of food
Reuters - 11/10/2009.
By Claudia Parsons, Russell Blinch and Svetlana Kovalyova – New York/Washington/Milan: – At first glance, Giuseppe Oglio's farm near Milan looks like it's suffering from neglect. Weeds run rampant amid the rice fields and clover grows unchecked around his millet crop. Oglio, a third generation farmer eschews modern farming techniques – chemicals, fertilizers, heavy machinery – in favor of a purely natural approach. It is not just ecological, he says, but profitable, and he believes his system can be replicated in starving regions of the globe.
Good food nation: Researchers think America’s obesity epidemic can be reversed via ‘foodsheds’
Phys.org - 11/10/2009.
By Peter Dizikes – Obesity is widespread due to our national-scale system of food production and distribution, which surrounds children – especially lower-income children – with high-calorie products. “The problem lies not just in a child, but the whole environment around a child,” says Albright. “To end obesity, we need to produce healthier, more accessible, more affordable food.”
While scientists fight over BPA studies, Congress could just act
Grist - 11/9/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – Joining Tom Philpott on the anti-BPA bandwagon, the New York Times columnist Nick Kristof had an op-ed Sunday detailing the mounting evidence against the hormone disrupting chemical. One comment in particular summed up the debate nicely: “When you have 92 percent of the American population exposed to a chemical, this is not one where you want to be wrong,” said Dr. Ted Schettler of the Science and Environmental Health Network. “Are we going to quibble over individual rodent studies, or are we going to act?”
Red deer that escaped from Levant farm may threaten whitetails
Bangor Daily News - 11/7/2009.
By John Holyoke – Levant: Elwood Mason began his farming career at the age of 7½, milking cows on the family farm. Unfortunately for Mason – and potentially for the native white-tailed deer that live in Maine – keeping his herd of almost 200 red deer in their fenced Levant pastures has proved to be a bit of a problem.
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