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Portland nonprofit calls for action on PFAS-contaminated sludge spread on farmland

March 28, 2019 – By James McCarthy, Mainebiz – The Portland-based Environmental Health Strategy Center is asking the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to examine the federal response to risks associated with toxic PFAS chemicals (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in sewage sludge that for decades has been spread as fertilizer on farmland.

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Seaweed Matters: Kelp me!

March 27, 2019 – By Jessica Hathaway, National Fisherman – The seeds were planted when Josh Rogers was growing up in Maine, eating Canadian dulse out of a barrel.

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Monsanto Exec Reveals $17 Million Budget For Anti-IARC, Pro-Glyphosate Efforts

March 27, 2019 – By Carey Gillam, U.S. Right to Know – How badly did Monsanto want to discredit international cancer scientists who found the company’s glyphosate herbicide to be a probable human carcinogen and promote a counter message of glyphosate safety instead? Badly enough to allocate about $17 million for the mission, in just one year alone, according to evidence obtained by lawyers representing cancer victims suing Monsanto.

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Farmer Kev — The Millennial Modern Day Milkman

March 27, 2019 – Turner Publishing – Farmer Kev’s Organic, of West Gardiner, which has provided farm shares of organic produce to the communities it serves for 10 years, is still growing.  Farmer Kev’s niche is being a farm that delivers produce directly to the customer’s door.

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Governor signs emergency legislation allowing sale of hemp-derived products in Maine

March 27, 2019 – Penobscot Bay Pilot – Governor Janet Mills signed emergency legislation March 27 to allow the production and sale of food additives and food products that contain hemp or hemp products in Maine. The legislation, LD 630, sponsored by Representative Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop, aligns the definition of hemp in state law with the definition in federal law as outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill and clarifies that hemp-derived food products or additives are no longer considered adulterated under state law and may be sold, according to a news release from the Governor’s office.

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Focus on these shoppers to grow organic sales

March 26, 2019 – By Ashley Nickle, Produce Retailer – Organic produce continues to grow in importance to the industry, contributing $5.6 billion in sales in 2018, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s latest FreshFacts on Retail report.

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Eat these 50 foods to save the world

March 26, 2019 – By Melissa Breyer, Treehugger – From cactus and cow peas to pumpkin flowers and fonio – these 50 delicious foods are healthy, sustainable, and help wildlife too.

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