|Organic farming, carefully done, can be efficient|
Los Angeles Times - 4/27/2012.By Amina Khan – Organic agriculture generally comes at a cost of smaller harvests compared with conventional agriculture, but that gap can be narrowed with careful selection of crop type, growing conditions and management techniques, according a new study.
|Growth of the local food industry has industrial farm lobby worried|
Kennebec Journal - 4/27/2012.Op-ed by Denis Thoet – Living in Maine means that we are at the end of the road – literally – if we are in business and rely on out-of-state suppliers. I learned this week, however, we are a leader one key area: the production of healthy food and providing that food to low-income Mainers who need it.
|Change steers students to healthier food choices|
Portland Press Herald - 4/26/2012. By Avery Yale Kamila – There will be fewer cupcakes and a greater variety of healthful foods served at Portland schools next fall thanks to new food rules adopted by the Board of Education on Tuesday. Under the new rules, all food served at the schools or by school-affiliated organizations must meet nutrition standards set by the U.S. Department of Agricuture's Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge.
|Organic foods industry creates more than a half million jobs|
Organic Trade Association - 4/25/2012. Washington – Producing U.S. foods organically creates thousands more jobs than if that food were produced using conventional agricultural methods, according to a new economic study released today here at the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) Policy Conference.