Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


French Court Cancels Monsanto Weedkiller Permit on Safety Grounds

January 15, 2019 – By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Gus Trompiz, Reuters, The New York Times – A French court canceled the license for one of Monsanto's glyphosate-based weedkillers on Tuesday over safety concerns, placing an immediate ban on Roundup Pro 360 in the latest legal blow to the Bayer-owned business.


These 10 States Grow the Nation’s Organic Food

January 15, 2019 – By Paul Ausick, 24/7 Wall St. – The Lower 48 states cover about 1.9 billion acres of land in what can only be described as a patchwork of cities, farmland, rangeland and public lands. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, cropland accounts for about 392 million acres, while pasture and rangeland account for 654 million acres. Nearly all the land west of a line along the eastern borders of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico – just over a third of all the land in the lower 48 states – is pasture and rangeland. Cropland accounts for just over 20% of the land in the Lower 48.


Organic makes headway at retail

January 15, 2019 – By Tom Burfield, The Packer – As consumers set out to eat healthier, more and more organic produce seems to be popping up on supermarket shelves.


New organic items trending

January 15, 2019 – By Tom Burfield, The Packer – Watermelon radishes, proprietary apple varieties and snack-size veggies are just a few of the latest offerings available from innovative organic produce grower-shippers.


Organic slow to penetrate foodservice

January 15, 2019 – By Tom Burfield, The Packer – Organic fruits and vegetables typically have failed to make a significant inroad to the foodservice segment, but there are a few exceptions, and some suppliers are optimistic about future foodservice business.


Organic demand on the rise

January 15, 2019 – By Tom Burfield, The Packer – Spurred by a trend toward healthful eating, among millennials and others, demand for organically grown fruits and vegetables seems to be spreading throughout the U.S. and Canada.


Trump’s executive order will aggressively cut more forest trees

January 14, 2019 – By Darryl Fears and Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post – With a partial government shutdown looming, President Trump quietly issued an executive order that expands logging on public land on the grounds that it will curb deadly wildfires.


The Real Cost of Cheap Groceries

January 14, 2019 – By Beth Kowitt and Dan Winters, Fortune – There's a price war raging in the grocery aisle—but the people who actually grow and gather our food may be the battle's true losers. Meet the produce pickers of Texas's Rio Grande Valley, whose penny-per-bunch harvest helps stock your pantry for less.


More Consumers Prefer to Shop Sustainably

January 13, 2019 – Specialty Food News – Seventy-three percent of global consumers say they would definitely or probably change their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment, according to Nielsen. As consumers become more aware of what is in the products they use and consume, they're also interested in buying – and sometimes paying more – for products that simultaneously help the environment.