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Amy Warner (left) and Toby Stockford of Old Narrow Gauge Farm in Alna.

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Meet Amy Warner and Toby Stockford of Old Narrow Gauge Farm in Alna. Amy and Toby raise and breed heritage Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs for registered breed stock and pork and are members of The Livestock Conservancy. They also offer eggs from their mixed flock of free range hens. You can find their products at Bath summer and winter farmers' markets, Boothbay farmers' market, local restaurants and the Alna Store. They also offer some CSA options in conjunction with other Alna farms. "We are happy to raise livestock in a manner that benefits the health and well-being of the animals," say the Stockfords, "especially the focus on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony that organic farming intends. We feel that comes though in our quality breed stock and in the flavor and caliber of our heritage pork and eggs." Find Old Narrow Gauge Farm at oldnarrowgaugefarm.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

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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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