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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
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.”
The case for organic food
Los Angeles Times - 9/5/2012.
Editorial – Perhaps the most valuable thing about the study of available research undertaken by Stanford's Center for Health Policy is that it points up how little is yet known about the benefits of organics and the harms done by widespread pesticide use.
How extreme weather supersizes global food price tags
Grist - 9/5/2012.
By James West – A new Oxfam report, “Extreme Weather, Extreme Prices,” hopes to close the understanding gap between climate change and global food prices, arguing that previous research grossly underestimates future food prices by ignoring the impact of severe weather shocks to the global food system.
Food-fight fallout may drift over Maine
Portland Press Herald - 9/5/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – A multimillion-dollar referendum food fight is heating up in California, where citizens have secured a ballot question asking voters if they want foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled. Should the citizens' initiative succeed at the ballot box, experts say the impact will be felt across the nation, including here in Maine.
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