|Monsanto towers above seed rivals|
Kennebec Journal - 12/14/2009.By Christopher Leonard – St. Louis: Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found.
|Savor extravagance of luscious Crab Strata|
Bangor Daily News - 12/12/2009.By Sandy Oliver – The holiday season seems like a good time to be a little extravagant, and this recipe for Crab Strata is a pretty luscious one. I picked it up this summer in Stonington-Deer Isle from Caroline Rittenhouse who got it from the Stonington artist Michie Stovall O’Day.
|Readfield: Residents warm to appeal for orchard|
Kennebec Journal - 12/11/2009.By Matthew Stone – Readfield: More than 30 people crowded into a newly opened cafe here Thursday night to learn the latest about a nonprofit group's efforts to preserve a local orchard. By the end of the 90-minute information session, some were opening up their checkbooks to lend support to the conservation effort.
|Is Walmart the future of local food?|
Grist - 12/11/2009.By Tom Laskawy – One of the most important historic developments in the food economy is embodied in this statistic: in 1900, 40 percent of every dollar spent on food went to the farmer or rancher while the rest was split between inputs and distribution. Now? 7 cents on the dollar goes to the producer and 73 cents goes just to distribution. That’s worth keeping in mind when you read things like this: " ... Wal-Mart, now the nation’s largest supermarket chain as well as retailer, has gotten into the local scene, embarking on an effort to procure more of its produce from local growers."