|Maine: The way business could be|
Bangor Daily News - 9/12/2013. Editorial - People starting businesses can get caught in the chicken-or-egg dilemma. They need capital to create and sell their product, but they must have a well-developed product to get the capital. Others may have ideas about how to expand their food-related business but don’t want to purchase the expensive equipment needed to create and test whether the new toffee or cookie packages will be successful.
|The USDA’s Reckless Plan|
Other Words - 9/11/2013. By Jill Richardson - My friend Jim, a farmer, jokes about bringing a bowl of manure and a spoon to the farmers’ markets where he sells his beef. “My beef has no manure in it, but you can add some,” he’d like to tell his customers. I’m sure you’d pass on manure as a condiment. But unless you’re a vegetarian or you slaughter your own meat, you may have eaten it. And if the USDA moves forward with its plan to make a pilot program for meat inspection more widespread, this problem can only get worse.