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Mary Margaret and Eugene Ripley

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Mary Margaret and Gene Ripley of Ripley Organic Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. The Ripleys raise more than 50 kinds of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, highbush blueberries and other perennial landscape plants. They market through their CSA with pickups at the farm and in Bangor; at the Orono Farmers' Market on Saturdays; and to Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative and other wholesale accounts. "We are proud to have our farm inspected on a yearly basis by MOFGA to ensure our compliance with the organic standards," say the Ripleys. Follow the farm on Facebook and on their website.

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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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