Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


U.S. judge limits evidence in trial over Roundup cancer claims

January 3, 2019 – By Tina Bellon, Reuters – A federal judge overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer causes cancer has issued a ruling that could severely restrict evidence that the plaintiffs consider crucial to their cases.


How hormone-disrupting chemicals may harm our health

January 3, 2019 – Interview with Dr. Leonardo Tresande, author of “Sicker Fatter Poorer.” He cites pesticides as one source of endocrine disruptors and notes the importance of eating organic foods, avoiding canned foods, etc.


Growing an Orchard

January 2, 2019 – By Sarah Hinckley, Mt. Desert Islander – Johnny Appleseed carried a sack of seeds. Mike Mansolilli invests in rootstock with a similar goal in mind: to grow as many apple trees as possible.


The global food problem isn’t what you think

January 2, 2019 – By Gerald Nelson, The Washington Post – Providing food security to the nearly 10 billion people who will inhabit the globe by 2050 is one of the key issues of the 21st century. Given that reality, you might think the international community would at least be able to agree on how to define the problem.


Why Sustainable Agriculture Should Support a Green New Deal

January 1, 2019 – By Elizabeth Henderson - “For Sale” signs have replaced “Dairy of Distinction” on the last two dairy farms on the road I drive to town. The farm crisis of the 1980’s that never really went away has resurfaced with a vengeance. In 2013, aggregate farm earnings were half of what they were in 2012. Farm income has continued to decline ever since. The moment is ripe for the movement for a sustainable agriculture to address the root causes.


What Maine farmers can expect in 2019

December 31, 2018 - By Aislinn Sarnacki, Julia Bayly and Sam Schipani, Bangor Daily News – For farmers, there’s been an important change here in the Pine Tree State in recent years: Maine’s growing season is, well, growing. According to the University of Maine Climate and Agriculture Network, the average length is 12 to 14 days longer than it was in 1930 and is expected to continue to increase by 2 to 3 days per decade.


Fighting for the promised land: a story of farming and racism

December 31, 2015 – Southern Foodways Alliance – Shirley Sherrod’s introduction to the intermingling of agriculture and racism came when she was 17 years old, with an incident that changed the course of her life. And, after that moment, her life has been one defined by the fight for black-owned farmland. In this episode of Gravy, one woman’s story of farming and race, which taps into the dramatic decline of African American farmers in the U.S., and how the USDA was complicit in the loss of millions of acres of their land.


Can blueberry wines with bubbles give Maine farmers a meaningful outlet for sales?

December 30, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Kennebec Journal – Long ago, at a bachelor party on a cold and rainy weekend at Moosehead Lake, Michael Terrien, Eric Martin and their group of friends did enough drinking to get down to their last bottle of alcohol. It was blueberry wine, and even to a bunch of guys whose palates were, at that point, far from pristine, it was notable.


Why organic farming can help feed the world sustainably

December 28, 2018 – By Sarah Compson, Business Green – Support for organic and other agroecological approaches to farming lies at the heart of some of the solutions to the second Sustainable Development Goal to 'end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture'.