Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Organic beef is more nutritional than conventional beef

Mar 25, 2019 – The Organic Center – Choosing organic when you’re shopping for beef at the supermarket may be a good way to boost the nutrition in your meals, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. The study found more antioxidants in organic beef, with 34% more Q10, 72% more taurine, and 53% more β‐carotene. Organic beef also exhibited a more balanced lipid (fat) profile, with 17% less cholesterol, 32% less fat, 16% fewer fatty acids, and 24% fewer monounsaturated fatty acids. Organic beef was especially beneficial when it came to heart-healthy α‐linolenic acid, with 170% higher levels than conventional beef.  Finally, the researchers found that organic beef had 24% more α‐tocopherol, which is a type of Vitamin E. This study builds on the work of past research showing the nutritional benefits of organic beef.


Maine dairy farm plagued by chemical contaminants may be ‘tip of the toxic iceberg’

March 23, 2019 – By Donna Buttarazzi, Bangor Daily News – More than two years after learning drinking water and milk tanks on his 100-year-old Stoneridge Farm were contaminated with a class of chemicals linked to cancer and other health concerns, farmer Fred Stone still can’t sell his milk and is losing hundreds of dollars a day, every day.


Full State Quarantine Proposed for Gypsy Moth

Comments Accepted until April 26, 2019

March 21, 2019 – Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is proposing a full state quarantine for Gypsy Moth. This proposed rule amends a state quarantine against the gypsy moth to prevent its movement from all parts of the State. This quarantine is necessary to protect other state’s forest and landscape tree resources. The Gypsy moth is also a federally regulated pest and USDA-APHIS-PPQ will mimic the full state quarantine.


CBD Law – USPS Mailing Guidelines

March 21, 2019 – By Klein Moynihan Turco LLP, Lexology – On March 4, 2019, the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) issued a guidance letter meant to address how cannabidiol (“CBD”) products may be sent via U.S. mail. This is another of many recent state and federal CBD law developments. The USPS has advised that the guidance is temporary and will be revised once the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”) is fully implemented. Until then, the USPS guidance letter should be followed by those that mail CBD products.