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Nature's Path Leaves Organic Trade Association as Protest to Save Organic

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June 29, 2019 – Longview News-Journal – Today, Nature's Path Foods, North America's Largest organic breakfast company, announced its resignation from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) citing concern the OTA is shifting its commitment from supporting and representing the core principles of the organic food movement, to begin pushing a non-organic agenda which threatens the future of organic. Recent actions by the OTA that have driven the company's decision include misrepresenting organic food companies and US consumers to support a vague and misleading national GMO labelling law, and allowing hydroponics to fall under the organic certification label where there is no organic agriculture nor soil present.

Nutrition program makes eating healthy 'a snap'

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June 27, 2018 – By Kate Irish Collins, The Forecaster – Founded 30 years ago, Maine SNAP-Ed’s mission is to teach low-income Mainers how to use their food assistance benefits to support better nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Farming with Intentional Biodiversity

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June 27, 2018 – By Tamara Scully, Civil Eats – “The day will come, probably in the near future, when prophylactically killing pests and weeds with toxic chemicals and neurotoxins will seem primitive and irresponsible,” Mary-Howell Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain exuberantly predicts.

Farmers market to offer Harvest Bucks for fruits, vegetables

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June 25, 2018 – By Ben Hanstein, Daily Bulldog – Participants receiving Maine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance will be able to acquire extra food when they shop at the local farmers market, thanks to a program that will also allow customers to use credit and debit cards for all vendors.

After 45 years living off the land, this Maine woman has a natural elixir for anything

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June 23, 2018 – By Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News – The roses were blooming, their fragrant pink petals opening to the June sun. The lavender was just behind, their tiny purple buds starting to unfurl. At Blessed Maine Herb Farm in Athens, it was time to harvest both plants so they could be made into medicinal teas, elixirs and balms.

Ever heard of veganic farming? Neither had we

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June 20, 2018 – By Avery Yale Kamila, Portland Press Herald – At the Taste of Eden restaurant in Maine’s western mountains, the menu is vegan and its farm-to-table vegetables are grown using vegan methods, too.

Hawaii Shows States’ Power to Regulate Pesticides

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June 20, 2018 – By Lisa Held, Civil Eats – A new state law banning chlorpyrifos and regulating agrochemical companies is the result of nearly a decade of grassroots community organizing, and the first in the nation.

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