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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Sen. Charles Schumer Proposes Ban On 10 Flame Retardants In Kids Products
CBC News - 9/14/2014.
Albany, N.Y. - Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban 10 flame retardants from upholstered furniture and children’s products, saying the chemicals have been linked to developmental delays and cancer.
Society Notebook: Weeds for dinner
Portland Press Herald - 9/13/2014.
By Duke Harrington - When Geoffrey Boardman, chair of the Southern Maine Community College culinary arts department, told his students about the Maine Seaweed Festival, they looked at him like he “had three heads.”
What Big Food does with 'organic' and 'natural'
Fortune - 9/13/2014.
By Dan Mitchell - In his 2006 book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan highlighted Cascadian Farm, General Mills’ line of organic food products, as a prime example of what happens when organic food is marketed by big, industrial food companies. The company that in the early 1970s “began as a quasi-communal hippie farm,” Pollan wrote, had, in the words of its erstwhile-hippie founder Gene Kahn, morphed into a “PR farm” for General Mills after that company acquired it in 2000. Kahn joined General Mills as a vice president, and he enthusiastically signed on to that company’s far-more-corporate approach to organic food.
Cargill sues Syngenta Seed over China shipments
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 9/13/2014.
Cargill Inc. sued Syngenta Seeds Inc. on Friday in an unusual legal battle over genetically modified food that both companies support.
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September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

October 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

October 5 - Herb Blending Day

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 14 - Mainstreaming Local Food To Institutions

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 21 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

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