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Rani and Jack Howe

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Rani and Jack Howe of Skyscraper Hill Farm in Brooks. This MOFGA certified organic farm raises Christmas trees, sold from the farm and through the Marsh River Co-op and the Belfast Co-op. Rani also cultivates beautiful herb gardens, which will be on the Belfast Garden Club Tour next summer. You can contact the Howes at jack.howe@gmail.com.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Ractopamine: The Meat Additive on Your Plate That's Banned Almost Everywhere But America
Alternet - 10/30/2013.
By Martha Rosenberg - Have you ever heard of ractopamine? Neither have most US food consumers though it is used in 80 percent of US pig and cattle operations. The asthmas drug-like additive, called a beta-agonist, has enjoyed stealth use in the US food supply for a decade despite being widely banned overseas. It is marketed as Paylean for pigs, Optaflexx for cattle and Topmax for turkeys.
Portland Food Co-op looks to go public
Bangor Daily News - 10/30/2013.
The Portland Food Co-op hopes to open a public storefront next year. It needs more money and more members to do it. (Video)
Maine moms, activists rally for changes in chemical safety bill
Portland Press Herald - 10/30/2013.
By Kevin Miller - Washington: A group of Maine mothers and activists joined others from around the country Tuesday to lobby Congress to change a chemical safety bill that they say would undermine consumer protection laws enacted in Maine and other states.
Organic standards for farm-raised fish come slowly
Politico - 10/30/2013.
By Jenny Hopkinson - Farm-raised fish is one of the few types of food not currently available at the grocery store with a U.S. Department of Agriculture organic label on it, but the agency shouldn’t be in too much of a rush to rectify that, a handful of organic and consumer advocacy groups warn.
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