|Semi-veggie diet effectively lowers heart disease, stroke risk|
Science Daily - 3/5/2015. American Heart Association - A pro-vegetarian diet that emphasizes a higher proportion of plant-based foods compared to animal-based foods may help lower the risks of dying from heart disease and stroke by up to 20 percent, according to a large-scale study. Researchers suggest that substituting some of the meat in your diet with vegetables may be a simple way to lower the risk of heart-related death.
|Fast Track trade authority will hurt Maine’s small farms|
Bangor Daily News - 3/5/2015. By Betsy Garrold - In a Feb. 24 BDN OpEd, Virginia Manuel, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development state director for Maine, stated that rural economies needed "trade promotion authority" in order to “compete on a level playing field” when it comes to international trade and export of U.S.-grown food and manufactured goods. As the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Central American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization have proven, this is pretty far from the facts on the ground – unless your idea of a level playing field is one that is dirty, polluted and economically ravaged.
|There’s no blueprint for farming in our ‘new normal’ climate|
Bangor Daily News - 3/4/2015. By Ted Quaday and Sharon Tisher - A wild winter like the one we are experiencing makes us look forward to spring. But many of us – especially Maine’s farmers – will continue to worry about the severity of our next unusual weather. Even in the best circumstances, farming is a gamble. With the extreme, unpredictable weather in Maine during the past few years, the stakes have grown higher and the odds of success poorer. Increasingly, Maine farmers are reporting devastating crop losses – sometimes as much as 90 percent – from unseasonable temperature swings and erratic rainfall.