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Action Alert:
DARK Act - HR 1599
U.S. House of Representatives Seeks to Prohibit Labeling of GMOs

Maine's landmark legislation, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food, could be eliminated if HR 1599 were to pass.
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The Partridge Challenge
In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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MOFGA Strategic Planning Effort
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To maximize our relevance and effectiveness in a time of changing food systems and changing attitudes, we invite you to participate in one or more meetings, held from August 3 to 6, at the Good Will-Hinckley School in Fairfield, Maine.
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Follow MOFGA's Farmers in Residence

Our Farmers in Residence, Megan Gardner and Pheonix Obrien, are posting weekly updates about their farming experiences at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on our Facebook Page. Follow this young couple as they learn and grow.

Photo: Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Report: Ecosystems in Upheaval, Biodiversity in Collapse
Common Dreams - 12/20/2012.
By Andrea Germanos – A new report documents how climate change is already causing rapid, massive changes with "cascading effects" on ecosystems and biodiversity. The report, led by the US Geological Survey, the National Wildlife Federation and Arizona State University, foresees a global loss of biodiversity and major shifts in ecosystems.
Persistent pollutants slow the time to pregnancy in couples
Environmental Health News - 12/20/2012.
By Jennifer Wolstenholme and Wendy Hessler – A study of 501 couples in Michigan and Texas who were trying to conceive found that higher exposure to various persistent pollutants was associated with a longer time to get pregnant. The pollutants studied included PCBs, perfluorinated compounds and organochlorine pesticides. The study found that men's chemical exposures are as important – if not stronger – than women's in determining fertility issues.
Organic vs Conventional Eating
Infographic - 12/20/2012.
Thinking about the types of food you consume can make huge difference in your health and lifestyle. Organic food is not only more nutritious but it can actually save you money in the long run, when you factor in healthcare cost over the years.
Local Fisheries Champion Fights for Value-Based Policy
On the Commons - 12/20/2012.
By Jessica Conrad - Based in Gloucester, Mass., the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S., local fisheries champion Niaz Dorry finds herself in a hotbed of resource management issues: while she and a growing community of fishermen consider themselves stewards - versus ”owners” - of the ocean commons, others promote privatization policies in the name of conservation.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 29 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming Off-the-Grid

July 30-31 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

August 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour

September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

September 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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