Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


ON CONTACT - The fight for life v. Monsanto/Bayer AG

March 30, 2019 – Chris Hedges, RT America – In this conversation with Chris Hedges, environmental activist and author, Vandana Shiva, talks about Monsanto/Bayer AG and other big AG players interests in India and her fight to protect life forms, seed varieties and farmers.


Market features spring seed swap

March 30, 2019 – The County – Micmac Farms of Caribou will host an agricultural showcase with a twist on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Rockefeller Farms’ Operation Intertwines With College Classes

March 29, 2019 – By Jeffrey B. Roth, Lancaster Farming. Mount Desert Island, Maine – Lambing season is “the most intense time of the year” on Peggy Rockefeller Farms, said C.J. Walke, farm manager. “We are at the end of lambing season – about 40 lambs so far, and maybe one old ewe left to lamb,” Walke said. He lives with his family in the farmhouse on the 125-acre farm, operated by the College of the Atlantic. It is located not far from Bar Harbor, a favorite tourist destination along what is referred to as the “Downeast Coast” of Maine.


Losing Ground: Midwest Floods Rip Away Topsoil

March 29, 2019 – By Steve Curwood, Living on Earth – Record flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi River basins is wreaking havoc on Midwestern farmers. Much of the soil where staple crops are grown has been washed away, threatening the livelihoods of farmers in the corn belt of the United States. Brian Kahn, senior reporter for Earther, joins host Steve Curwood to discuss the link between climate disruption and misfortune for Midwestern farmers.


How to Manage Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic Berries

March 29, 2019 – By Andrew Petran, Growing Produce – Controlling spotted drosophila (SWD) is difficult due to its short generation time, wide host range, lack of natural predators, and even its hearty immune system. Organic growers face an especially hard task, being constrained by control practices that are organically approved. We take a look at current research and best practices for monitoring and controlling SWD in organic systems.


Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

March 28, 2019 –  Glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, is the subject of fierce controversy across the globe and is classified by the World Health Organization as "probably" being carcinogenic. After the second US cancer victim on Wednesday won a payout victory against Monsanto over the weedkiller, here is the state of play regarding lawsuits and restrictions on the use of glyphosate around the world.