Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Human waste is a terrible thing to waste

August 24, 2018 – by Emma Bryce, Anthropocene – If major global cities repurposed human waste as crop fertilizer, it could slash fertilizer imports in some countries by more than half. This discovery, outlined in a recent paper from Nature Sustainability, highlights the potential of human waste to reduce the vast environmental impact of fertilizer–and simultaneously help cities to manage their burgeoning waste.

Just How Sustainable Is Local Agriculture in the Midcoast?

August 23, 2018 – By Marina Schauffler, The Free Press – Every year since 2013, Maine has secured the number-two spot on the national “Locavore Index,” a measure of commitment to the availability and consumption of healthy local food. The culture surrounding fresh food is becoming one of the state’s greatest lures — for visitors and for new farmers. In a state survey, nearly 60 percent of visitors ranked the state’s cuisine as the reason for their stay (there’s even a blog now devoted to Rockland’s food scene, Between 2007 and 2012, the number of young farmers in Maine rose nearly 30 percent, with Waldo County alone adding more than 200 farms.

Bayer Has a $289 Million Roundup Headache

August 23, 2018 – By Naomi Kresge et al., Bloomberg Businessweek – The German pharmaceutical giant is still reeling from the record verdict against Monsanto’s weed killer.

Sunny in Seattle: Recapping NSAC’s 2018 Summer Member Meeting

August 23, 2018 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Members of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) arrived in Seattle, WA earlier this month from all corners of the country. They flew as many as ten hours, drove hundreds of miles, and some even braved a 22-hour train ride. They all converged in Seattle for the 2018 NSAC Summer Meeting, an opportunity to dig in together on the complex policy and grassroots work that they each do – both individually and as part of the larger coalition.

An homage to seaweed and a plea for wise management of this valuable resource

August 23, 2018 – By Heller McAlpin, The Washington Post – There are books that change the way you see things. Nicholson Baker’s “The Mezzanine” brought a quirky new perspective to shoelaces. John McPhee’s “Annals of the Former World” forever altered my view of highways cut through cliffs of schist. Similarly, after reading Susan Hand Shetterly’s “Seaweed Chronicles,” chances are that you’ll look at sushi rolls and the brackish tangles of seaweed washed up on beaches in a new light.