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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
Global Scientists Issue Stunning GMO Safety Warning – Breaking News
Sustainable Pulse - 10/21/2013.
There is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified foods and crops, according to a statement released today by an international group of more than 90 scientists, academics and physicians.
Nitrogen Fertilizer Remains In Soils And Leaks Towards Groundwater For Decades
Albany Tribune - 10/21/2013.
Nitrogen fertilizer applied to crops lingers in the soil and leaks out as nitrate for decades towards groundwater – “much longer than previously thought,” scientists in France and at the University of Calgary say in a new study.
Monsanto Brings High Yields – And More Cancer – to Argentina
Take Part - 10/21/2013.
By Willy Blakmore - Since welcoming Monsanto into the country in 1996, Argentina has become the world’s third largest soybean producer. The country’s farm belt continues to pump out commodity crops like soy, corn and cotton at an impressive rate with the help of not just commonplace herbicides such as glyphosate, but highly toxic substances like 2,4,D– a key component in Agent Orange.
What’s That Smell? Exotic Scents Made From Re-engineered Yeast
The New York Times - 10/20/2013.
By Andrew Pollack - Emeryville, Calif.: Vanilla, saffron, patchouli. For centuries, spices and flavorings like these have come from exotic plants growing in remote places like the jungles of Mexico or the terraced hillsides of Madagascar. Some were highly prized along ancient trading routes like the Silk Road. Now a powerful form of genetic engineering could revolutionize the production of some of the most sought-after flavors and fragrances.
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