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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organic Activists Charge USDA Regulators Capitulating to Corporate Interests
The Cornucopia Institute - 4/24/2014.
San Antonio, Texas - When the organic industry gathers in this central Texas city next week sparks are predicted to fly when farmers and consumer activists face off with government regulators who they have accused of a "power grab."
Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill
National Public Radio - 4/24/2014.
By Eliza Barclay and Jeremy Bernfeld - The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require food companies to label products containing genetically modified ingredients. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin he will sign a bill state lawmakers passed Wednesday mandating that foods with GMOs be labeled as having been produced with "genetic engineering." The bill would also make it illegal for foods with GMOs to be labeled "all natural" or "natural."
Carbon loss from soil accelerating climate change
Science Daily - 4/24/2014.
New research has found that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more carbon dioxide, accelerating climate change. This research challenges our previous understanding about how carbon accumulates in soil.
Why American Apples Just Got Banned in Europe
Mother Jones - 4/23/2014.
By Tom Philpott - Back in 2008, European Food Safety Authority began pressing the chemical industry to provide safety information on a substance called diphenylamine, or DPA. Widely applied to apples after harvest, DPA prevents "storage scald" – brown spots that "becomes a concern when fruit is stored for several months. DPA isn't believed to be harmful on its own. But it has the potential to break down into a family of carcinogens called nitrosamines – not something you want to find on your daily apple.
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September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

October 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

October 5 - Herb Blending Day

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 14 - Mainstreaming Local Food To Institutions

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

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