|Free blueberry picking at Beech Hill this weekend|
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 8/3/2013. Rockport: Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the public to participate in the 11th annual free blueberry pick at Beech Hill Preserve on Sunday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Land Trust will open a portion of the 20-acre organic blueberry farm as a thank you to the community that supports and enjoys the Preserve. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to welcome and orient people to areas open for picking.
|Stage Set for Next Battle Over GMO Corn in France|
Common Dreams - 8/2/2013. By Andrea Germanos - France's top administrative court overturned on Thursday a government ban on the cultivation of a genetically modified (GMO) corn made by American biotech giant Monsanto. France's Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, pushed back against the court's ruling on Thursday, saying the Counsel of State is "not the decider" of who can and cannot ban GMOs, and said the "government line would be the same: we are not in favor of GMOs."
|A sweet tooth leads to a sweet deal for midcoast chocolate entrepreneur|
Bangor Daily News - 8/2/2013. By Emily Burnham - Kate McAleer’s Belfast-based candy company - Bixby & Co. - had a rather unorthodox beginning. It started, in theory, on a golf course. Fast forward five years, and McAleer is in the sweet business of crafting artisan, organic chocolate bars, made with pure, GMO-free chocolate, all natural spices, nuts and fruits and no added sugar.
|Tom’s Of Maine Taps Potatoes For Packaging|
Environmental Leader - 8/2/2013. Tom’s of Maine is exploring ways to use waste potatoes - produced locally in Maine - as packaging for its products. The company is working with researchers at the University of Maine and the Sustainable BioPlastics Council of Maine to develop polylactic acid (PLA) packaging with potatoes that can not be sold for consumption.