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Interior Nominee Intervened to Block Report on Endangered Species

March 26, 2019 – By Eric Lipton, The New York Times – After years of effort, scientists at the Fish and Wildlife Service had a moment of celebration as they wrapped up a comprehensive analysis of the threat that three widely used pesticides present to hundreds of endangered species, like the kit fox and the seaside sparrow.

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EPA may thwart efforts by states to set stricter pesticide rules

March 26, 2019 – By Liz Crampton, Politico – State regulators are worried that the Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to override them on a host of pesticide regulations by negating stricter rules intended to curb crop damage or prevent environmental hazards from pesticides.

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Widespread losses of pollinating insects revealed across Britain

March 26, 2019 – By Damian Carrington, The Guardian – A widespread loss of pollinating insects in recent decades has been revealed by the first national survey in Britain, which scientists say “highlights a fundamental deterioration” in nature.

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2019 Children’s Garden @ The Maine Flower Show

March 26, 2019 – Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, Maine School Garden Network & ReTreeUS work diligently to incorporate gardening and orcharding into schools across the entire state all year long. Together these organizations have created a space for kids of all ages to have a hands-on gardening experience and an opportunity to learn about plants, and the food, fruit and flowers they produce. Touching the soil, planting, watering and learning about pollination, which are all key parts of growing, will be modeled in the children’s garden.

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Focus on these shoppers to grow organic sales

March 26, 2019 – By Ashley Nickle, Produce Retailer – Organic produce continues to grow in importance to the industry, contributing $5.6 billion in sales in 2018, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s latest FreshFacts on Retail report.

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The science of hard cider to be topic of MDI Science Cafe

March 25, 2019 – By Stefanie Matteson, Bangor Daily News – For the first time in more than 100 years, Maine farmers are making a living from growing apples. The reason lies with the rebirth of interest in fermenting apples into hard cider, which has given rise to a cottage industry consisting of dozens of small cideries that are producing regional, European-style ciders.

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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.

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