|Argentina: Case Study in Perils of Pesticide-Heavy GMO-Crop Boom|
Common Dreams - 10/20/2013. By Andrea Germanos - New reporting by the Associated Press highlights the health problems afflicting Argentinians since the rise of biotech farming and becoming the world's third largest soybean producer. According to AP's investigation, farmers in the Latin American country use twice as much pesticide per acre as farmers in the US, and those agrotoxins may be applied by farmers not wearing protective gear and may drift into homes and schools. The pesticide containers may also end up resold, posing a public health threat.
|Auction marks end of Fairfield dairy farm, start of beef one|
Kennebec Journal - 10/19/2013. By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling - Fairfield: As the number of dairy farms in Maine continues to dwindle, one farmer is trading his milking cows for beef-laden steers. Egide Dostie, 68, an Oakhurst Dairy supplier who has kept a herd for more than 40 years, said national trends toward large farming conglomerates have hurt Maine's dairy farmers, who can't scale up as easily as farmers in states with more wide-open spaces.
|Maine’s Backyard Farms bringing back workers|
Kennebec Journal - 10/19/2013. AP - A Maine commercial tomato producer that had to stop growing this summer because of an infestation is again planting greenhouses and bringing back workers. Backyard Farms spokesman Mike Aalto said Friday that 60 to 70 workers who were furloughed because of the white fly infestation will be back at work next week.
|More than 800 show up at mobile food bank|
Kennebec Journal - 10/19/2013. AP - Augusta: Officials say a mobile food bank in Maine has distributed about 10,000 pounds of food to more than 800 people in a single day. Hundreds of people lined up outside the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s food mobile in Augusta on Friday.