Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


The New England Organic Produce Conference committee announces retailer roundtable participants

March 20, 2019 – Produce Blue Book – The New England Produce Council (NEPC) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) announced the retailer participants for the roundtable session.  Brian Fleming (Stop & Shop Supermarket), Kevin Barry (Big Y Foods) and Mark Jewell (Hannaford Bros. Supermarket) will speak at the retailer roundtable on May 1st at the New England Organic Produce Conference being held at Gillette Stadium.


Food safety: Dung beetles and soil bacteria reduce risk of human pathogens

March 19, 2019 – By Sabrina Weiss, British Ecological Society – Food safety regulations increasingly pressure growers to remove hedgerows, ponds and other natural habitats from farms to keep out pathogen-carrying wildlife and livestock. Yet, this could come at the cost of biodiversity.


U.S. jury finds Bayer's Roundup caused man's cancer

March 19, 2019 – By Jim Christie, Reuters – A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer caused a man’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in a bellwether trial that may help determine the course of hundreds of similar cases.


The curious case of tainted milk from a Maine dairy farm

March 19, 2019 – By Richard Valdmanis and Joshua Schneyer, Reuters – For Maine dairy farmer Fred Stone, the discovery in 2016 that his cows were producing tainted milk has since brought financial ruin and threatened to shut down a century-old family business.


Public health experts aim to stop spreading of sludge

March 19, 2019 – By Kevin Miller, Portland Press Herald – Public health advocates on Tuesday called for Maine to ban the use of municipal sludge as fertilizer and to phase out an industrial chemical that has ruined an Arundel farmer’s livelihood and contaminated a public water source.


The Dangerous Food Additive That’s Not on the Label

March 19, 2019 – By Rachel Cernansky, Civil Eats – Perchlorate, a byproduct of bleach and packaging, is found in organic, conventional, and bulk foods alike—and it has an outsized impact on children's health.


CBD in Foods and Beverages? Not Quite Yet

March 18, 2019 – By Jeffrey Hamilton, Food Processing – On Oct. 27, 2018, the New York Times ran an article with the headline Why is CBD Everywhere?, noting that products infused with cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis plants commonly referred to as “CBD,” had gone from being obscure to omnipresent almost overnight.