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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947

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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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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Strawberry cake good for the Fourth, or any time
Bangor Daily News - 7/4/2012.
By Sandy Oliver – If you put a little whipped cream on this strawberry-studded cake and garnish it with blueberries, you could call it Fourth of July Cake, and I like the idea of coming up with one that doesn’t need frosting. Or you can just eat it anytime for dessert.
Maine DEP lists 49 ‘chemicals of high concern’
Kennebec Journal - 7/3/2012.
AP – Augusta: The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has released the state's official list of 49 chemicals used in everyday products that could represent a danger to children. The list includes a dozen chemicals proven to cause cancer in humans, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic and cadmium.
Farms’ use of antibiotics adds to ‘superbug’ risk
Portland Press Herald - 7/3/2012.
Op-ed by The Washington Post – The Food and Drug Administration announced in 1977 that it would begin prohibiting the use of some antibiotics in agriculture, but Congress objected and nothing happened. Since then, the need for restraint has grown. The wonder drugs of the 20th century have been so widely used that germs are becoming resistant to them, giving rise to "superbugs," bacteria that are immune to one or more antibiotics.
This US summer is ‘what global warming looks like’
Bangor Daily News - 7/3/2012.
By Seth Borenstein – Washington: If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks. Horrendous wildfires. Oppressive heat waves. Devastating droughts. Flooding from giant deluges. And a powerful freak wind storm called a derecho.
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