Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Scientists Found Worrisome New Evidence About Roundup and Cancer

March 14, 2019 – By Tom Philpott, Mother Jones – The long-simmering debate about whether the world’s most widely used herbicide causes cancer has bubbled up anew. Glyphosate is the key component of weedkillers such as Monsanto’s Roundup. On March 12, attorneys made closing arguments in San Francisco on the first phase of a closely watched lawsuit against German chemical giant Bayer, which acquired Monsanto last year. Plaintiff Edwin Hardeman claims his use of Roundup caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a type of cancer.


Organic Farmers Association Welcomes New Leaders

March 14, 2019 – By Mark Rusnak, Growing Produce – The mission of the Organic Farmers Association is to provide a strong and unified national voice for domestic certified organic producers. Having the right people in the right place is key to completing that mission. Recently, new representatives were elected to the organization’s Governing Council and Policy Committee for 2019. The representatives will serve two-year terms, up to three consecutive terms. Newly elected members officially began their terms at the association’s annual meeting on March 13 in Washington, DC.


Senators Collins, Feinstein introduce bill to strengthen oversight of personal care products

March 13, 2019 – Penobscot Bay Pilot – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act, bipartisan legislation to protect consumer health and strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to regulate ingredients in personal care products, according to a news release from Collins’ office. The bill will update 80-year-old federal safety rules for the $60 billion personal care products industry.


Honey from city bees can be used to trace environmental pollutants

March 12, 2019 – By Chrissy Sexton, – Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have discovered that honey samples can be used to measure environmental pollution. When bees hunt for pollen and nectar near their hives, they pick up trace amounts of elements such as lead. As a result, these elements can be detected in the honey produced by the bees.