Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


The Great Land Robbery

September 2019 – By Vann R. Newkirk II, The Atlantic – The shameful story of how 1 million black families have been ripped from their farms.



FDA Finds Unexpected Antibiotic Resistance Genes in 'Gene-Edited' Dehorned Cattle

August 12, 2019 – By Jonathan Latham, Ph.D., and Allison Wilson, Ph.D., Independent Science News – New research published by officials of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has discovered that foreign DNA can become inadvertently introduced into the genomes of gene-edited animals. Gene-editing techniques are widely considered to offer substantial improvements, in terms of precision, over older genetic engineering techniques. But the new FDA research shows that foreign DNA can become inadvertently incorporated, in this case unbeknownst to the developer. The findings are a significant blow to the argument that gene-editing should not be subject to regulation and represent a vindication of the EU approach, which is to regulate gene-edited organisms as GMOs.


Maine Farm to School Network receives USDA grant

August 10, 2019 – Kennebec Journal – The Maine Farm to School Network at Healthy Communities of the Capital Area received a $25,000 USDA Farm to School Training Grant to build K-12 local food procurement capacity in Maine.


Bayer Proposes Paying $8 Billion to Settle Roundup Cancer Claims

August 9, 2019 – By Jef Feeley, Joel Rosenblatt and Tim LohCory, Bloomberg – Bayer AG is proposing to pay as much as $8 billion to settle more than 18,000 U.S. lawsuits alleging its Roundup herbicide causes cancer, according to people familiar with the negotiations.


Insect 'apocalypse' in U.S. driven by 50x increase in toxic pesticides

August 6, 2019 – By Stephen Leahy, National Geographic – America’s agricultural landscape is now 48 times more toxic to honeybees, and likely other insects, than it was 25 years ago, almost entirely due to widespread use of so-called neonicotinoid pesticides, according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS One.