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Butterflies aren’t expendable. Our brittle reality depends on them, too.

March 1, 2019 – By Michael S. Engel, The Washington Post – The National Butterfly Center in Mission, Tex., encompasses 100 acres of subtropical bushlands along the banks of the Rio Grande. It’s a refuge for more than 200 species of pollinating butterflies, as well as thousands of other species — flowers, birds, mammals and countless other insects.

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Re-introducing a Nutrition-Packed Berry in the Midwest

March 1, 2019 – By Lisa Waterman Gray, foodtank – Wearing a teal button-down shirt, farmer Terry Durham speaks to a dozen potential elderberry farmers amid an open field. On a brisk spring day in March his annual mentoring workshop will address what they need to know about planting and cultivating the crop while using sustainable growing practices. Participants will also take home a flat of starter plants.

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Building Habitat for Pollinators Means Bigger, Better Fruit

March 1, 2019 – By Emma Bryce, Anthropocene – Strawberry plants grown near to hedgerows abundant with pollinators produce larger, better quality fruit, that’s more than twice the commercial value of fruit grown in other locations, a new study finds. The research, published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment shows that integrating farmland with more hedgerows could therefore produce a double win: protecting pollinators, while also boosting agricultural yields.

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United Farmers Market of Maine’s farm to table dinner

February 21, 2019 – Bangor Daily News – The United Farmers Market of Maine will hold the next dinner in its Farm & Forage Dinner Series from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at 18 Spring Street. The Farm & Forage Dinner Series is a celebration of Maine and the wonderful selection of ingredients that come from the landscape of of the midcoast and beyond.

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Maine Department of Education Seeks Farmers and Food Producers

February 21, 2019 – The Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition Program is excited to announce the launch of Maine’s Harvest of the Month (HOM) Program, piloting in Spring of 2019. The program is a nationwide marketing campaign promoting the use of seasonally available, local products in schools, institutions, and communities. Each month, a different Maine product will be highlighted and participating schools will pledge to serve the product and promote it through educational materials and activities.

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The Rise of ‘Zero-Waste’ Grocery Stores

February 15, 2019 – By Emily Matchar, Smithsonian – A growing number of supermarkets sell food without packaging in an effort to reduce the toll of plastic on the environment.

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Exposure to weed killing products increases risk of cancer by 41% – study

February 14, 2019 – By Carey Gillam, The Guardian – A broad new scientific analysis of the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate herbicides, the most widely used weed killing products in the world, has found that people with high exposures to the popular pesticides have a 41% increased risk of developing a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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