|Environmental groups call for expanded ban on BPA|
Bangor Daily News - 9/7/2012. By Matthew Stone – Augusta: A coalition of environmental and consumer safety groups called on state regulators Thursday to extend Maine’s ban on the chemical bisphenol A to packaging used for infant formula and baby and toddler foods, saying the state should do whatever it can to prevent children’s exposure to the chemical, commonly known as BPA.
|Studies reveal raw truths on organic foods|
Portland Press Herald - 9/6/2012. By Avery Yale Kamila – A study released this week casts doubt on the idea that organic foods contain more nutrients than conventional foods, but some experts and shoppers say nutrition isn't why they buy organic food. Several Mainers said Wednesday that they choose organically grown food because they want to ingest fewer pesticides and they support the more environmentally sensitive practices of organic farming.
|Local food celebration MaineFare returns to Belfast on Friday|
Bangor Daily News - 9/6/2012. By Tom Groening – Belfast: MaineFare, a celebration of the state’s local food, farms and eateries returns Friday, Sept. 7. Hosted by the nonprofit Maine Farmland Trust, the festival includes a farmers market, a gourmet lunch, film screenings, panel discussions on food and farming and various opportunities to eat locally grown and prepared food.
|Stanford scientists shockingly reckless on health risk and organics|
Common Dreams - 9/6/2012. By Francis Moore Lappe – I first heard about a new Stanford "study" downplaying the value of organics when this blog headline cried out from my inbox: "Expensive organic food isn't healthier and no safer than produce grown with pesticides, finds biggest study of its kind." What? Does the actual study say this? No. Their study actually reports that “Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”