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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
Chicken Processed in China Triggers U.S. Food Safety Protests
Bloomberg - 9/26/2013.
By Brian Wingfield and Shruti Date Singh - Food-safety advocates are raising alarms over a decision by the Obama administration to permit chicken processed in China to be sold in the U.S. even after several high-profile incidents of food contamination.
Senate funding bill strips controversial provision on genetically modified crops
The Washington Post - 9/26/2013.
By Holly Yeager - The short-term spending plan moving through the Senate would eliminate legislative language that allows farmers to continue growing genetically modified crops even if a court has blocked their use. [Monsanto talks of activists abusing the legal process! “This discussion shows the need to address the larger problem – abuse of the legal process by activists and returning the regulatory system to one based on real science, operating in a timely and data-driven manner to deliver choices to farmers and the economy they support,” the company said.]
Report: Polluted farm runoff linked to toxic green algae slime in U.S. waters
The Washington Post - 9/26/2013.
By Darryl Fears - They call it the green slime, a toxic ooze of algae that covered lakes and other water bodies across the United States this summer, closing beaches in Wisconsin and Kentucky, and killing scores of dolphins, manatees, birds and fish in Florida, a report says.
Product-to-Parent Reversion of Trenbolone: Unrecognized Risks for Endocrine Disruption
Science - 9/26/2013.
By Shen Qu et al. - The anabolic steroid trenbolone, widely used by the [non-organic] beef industry to increase growth, can persist in aquatic ecosystems.
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