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Joy Trueworthy and Brittany Hopkins of Wise Acres Farm in Kenduskeag.

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Meet Brittany Hopkins (right) and Joy Trueworthy of Wise Acres Farm in Kenduskeag. This MOFGA certified organic farm grows vegetables, herbs, berries and melons to sell at the Ellsworth Farmers' Market on Saturdays, the Bangor Farmers' Market on Sundays, and at an on-farm stand. "We are proud to have MOFGA independently verify our organic practices," say the farmers. Learn more at www.wiseacresfarm.net and at www.facebook.com/wiseacresfarm.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Nitrates in mom's drinking water linked to birth defects in kids
Environmental Health News - 6/27/2013.
Babies whose mothers consume nitrates in drinking water have a higher risk of spina bifida, cleft palate and other birth defects, according to a large study of children in Texas and Iowa. Used as fertilizers on crops, nitrates are one of the most widespread chemical contaminants in aquifers around the world.
Insecticide temporarily banned by Oregon Department of Agriculture after 50,000 bumblebees die in Wilsonville
The Oregonian - 6/27/2013.
By Elizabeth Case - In response to a massive bumblebee die-off blamed on pesticides, the Oregon Department of Agriculture issued a temporary restriction Thursday on 18 insecticides with the active ingredient dinotefuran.
Have You Been Defrauded? Help Bring Organic Scammers to Justice
The Cornucopia Institute - 6/27/2013.
Have you purchased Newman’s Own Organics or Organic Bistro food products? If so, you may have been deceived into buying food that is not actually certified organic.
EPA defends chemical testing of low-dose hormone effects
Environmental Health News - 6/27/2013.
By Brian Bienkowski - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that current testing of hormone-altering chemicals is adequate for detecting low-dose effects that may jeopardize health. This comes in response to a report written last year by 12 scientists who criticized the government’s decades-old strategy for testing the safety of many chemicals found in the environment and consumer products.
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