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Rani and Jack Howe

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Rani and Jack Howe of Skyscraper Hill Farm in Brooks. This MOFGA certified organic farm raises Christmas trees, sold from the farm and through the Marsh River Co-op and the Belfast Co-op. Rani also cultivates beautiful herb gardens, which will be on the Belfast Garden Club Tour next summer. You can contact the Howes at jack.howe@gmail.com.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
25,000 bumblebees killed, dropping from trees in Wilsonville; pesticide suspected
The Oregonian - 6/19/2013.
By Elizabeth Case - An estimated 25,000 bumblebees have been found dead in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville since Saturday, the largest known incident of bumblebee deaths in the United States, according to the Xerces Society. Preliminary information suggests pesticides may be at fault. Initial findings indicate the trees were sprayed Saturday with a neonicotinoid insecticide called Safari. The bumblebee deaths marked an inauspicious start to National Pollinator Week, which runs through June 23.
BPA is absorbed in the mouth; could explain high blood levels
Environmental Health News - 6/19/2013.
Synopsis by John Peterson Myers - A new experiment with dogs finds that bisphenol A can be absorbed in the mouth and pass directly into the bloodstream, just as nitroglycerin under the tongue. This way it bypasses detoxification in the liver after absorption in the gut. The result is that much more biologically active BPA is available to possibly cause health effects, with major implications for how much risk BPA may pose for human health.
18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda
Portland Press Herald - 6/19/2013.
By Jennifer Peltz, AP - The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.
Maine lawmakers overwhelmingly endorse no toxic chemicals in children's toys
Kennebec Journal - 6/19/2013.
By Steve Mistler - Lawmakers overwhelmingly advanced a bill aimed at beefing up the state program designed to phase out toxic chemicals in children's products, but final passage is still in question. "My guess is that this law will pass and then it will die" in the budget-writing committee, said Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton.
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