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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
Maine Runs Free Pesticide Disposal Program
Maine Public Broadcasting - 8/16/2013.
The Maine Board of Pesticides Control and Department of Environmental Protection are running a program in October to dispose of old chemicals like DDT and lead arsenate Maine residents might have in their homes. The department is looking to dispose of any banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked or frozen and are no longer usable.
Do Herbicides Alter Ecosystems Around the World? Scant Research Makes It Hard to Prove
Science Daily - 8/16/2013.
Many laboratory studies have shown that pesticides can harm organisms which they were not meant to affect. Intensive farming is also linked to collapsing populations of wild animals and the endangerment of species such as amphibians. Can the biochemical effects of pesticides upset entire ecosystems?
Amid cattle health concerns, Merck halts Zilmax sales
Reuters - 8/16/2013.
By Theopolis Waters and Tom Polansek - U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co said on Friday it is suspending sales of its Zilmax animal feed additive in the United States and Canada following concerns about animals showing signs of distress after use of the product, which is given to cattle to increase their weight before slaughter.
Genetically modified crops pass benefits to weeds
Nature - 8/16/2013.
By Jane Qui - A genetic-modification technique used widely to make crops herbicide resistant has been shown to confer advantages on a wild form of rice, even in the absence of the herbicide. The finding suggests that the effects of such modification have the potential to extend beyond farms and into the wild.
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