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Pheonix Obrien
Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.


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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Access to good, healthy food should be a basic human right
The Atlantic - 2/22/2012.
By Eric Schlosser – For years Prince Charles has challenged the assumptions of industrial agriculture and criticized the behavior of large agribusiness firms. He's been one of the few world leaders brave enough to say – publicly, not just privately – that the current system is unsustainable. In return for that honesty the Prince has been attacked on many occasions by defenders of the status quo.
The Land That Keeps Giving
The New York Times - 2/22/2012.
By Anne Raver – IT was early February, when the 10-hour day returns here on the 44th parallel, and Barbara Damrosch could see it in the brighter green leaves of her tatsoi and spinach growing in the unheated greenhouse attached to the house she shares with her husband, Eliot Coleman, at Four Season Farm.
Tilling the soil in 2012
Energy Bulletin - 2/21/2012.
By Vicki Lipski – It’s all in a day’s work for family farmers of the 21st century: Colony Collapse Disorder, dealing with Monsanto’s threats, global warming disasters, the government crackdown on family farms, genetically-engineered crops. Where once American plowmen had merely to contend with unpredictable weather, infertile soil, inaccessible water supplies, poverty, accidents and disease, today’s food producers face a further cornucopia of sophisticated and bewildering attacks from all sides.
Arsenic found in some infant formula, cereal bars
Bangor Daily News - 2/20/2012.
By Shari Roan (Los Angeles Times) – Los Angeles: Worrisome levels of arsenic have been found in two infant formulas that contain organic brown rice syrup as a main ingredient, researchers reported Thursday. Arsenic was also found in some cereal bars that contain organic brown rice syrup.
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