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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship through cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organic Production Enhances Milk Nutritional Quality by Shifting Fatty Acid Composition
PLOS One - 12/9/2013.
By Charles Benbrook et al. - We report results of the first large-scale, nationwide study of fatty acids in U.S. organic and conventional milk. Averaged over 12 months, organic milk contained 25% less ω-6 fatty acids and 62% more ω-3 fatty acids than conventional milk, yielding a 2.5-fold higher ω-6/ω-3 ratio in conventional compared to organic milk (5.77 vs. 2.28).
Landmark legal case will probe the link between Parkinson's disease and insecticide sprays used on long-haul flights
Herald Sun (Melbourne) - 12/9/2013.
By Matthew Benns - Long-haul flight attendants who have been forced to spray insecticide through aircraft cabins every time they landed in Australia fear the chemicals may have given them Parkinson's disease.
Preventing GMO Contamination in Your Open-Pollinated Corn
Seed Savers Exchange - 12/9/2013.
By Tor Janson and Steve Carlson - “The main lesson here is that if you are saving corn seed in the corn belt, it is extremely difficult to prevent GMO cross-pollination without doing hand-pollination.”
Maine food production model
The Maine Campus - 12/8/2013.
By Cameron Paquette - Community and local food systems were the focus at the first Maine Food Summit at Wells Conference Center on Friday. In a state where 24.1 percent of children under the age of 16 live in a food insecure household, obtaining sustainable food security in the aging state of Maine was an important topic for speakers at the summit.
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