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The Margesons

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Meet Erich Margeson and his family from Margeson Organic Farm in Westmanland. The Margesons raise MOFGA certified organic potatoes, seed potatoes, winter squash, oats and garlic, which they sell through Maine Potato Lady,  Johnny's Selected Seeds and Fedco.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
BPA exposure linked to changes in stem cells, lower sperm production
Environmental Health News - 1/22/2015.
By Brian Bienkowski - BPA and other estrogenic compounds hamper development of the stem cells responsible for producing sperm in mice, which suggests such exposure could contribute to declining sperm counts in men, according to a new study. The study, published in PLoS Genetics, is the first to suggest that low, brief exposures to bisphenol-A, or other estrogens such as those used in birth control but found as water contaminants, early in life can alter the stem cells responsible for producing sperm later in life.
When it comes to variations in crop yield, climate has a big say
Science Daily - 1/22/2015.
University of Minnesota - What impact will future climate change have on food supply? That depends in part on the extent to which variations in crop yield are attributable to variations in climate. A new report has found that climate variability historically accounts for one-third of yield variability for maize, rice, wheat and soybeans worldwide – the equivalent of 36 million metric tons of food each year.
GM insecticidal plants have no future – study
GM Watch - 1/22/2015.
The paper below, by Alexander Viktorov, PhD, of the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the Russian Academy of Sciences, shows that GM insecticidal plants such as Bt plants are no more sustainable than chemical insecticides.
Iowa Farmers Group Asks for Improved Pesticide Drift Protections
Beyond Pesticides - 1/22/2015.
The Iowa Farmers Union filed a petition yesterday with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship for rulemaking to improve pesticide drift incident responses, penalties, and support to farmers harmed by pesticide drift.
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