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New Farmers Market in Waldoboro

July 6, 2020 – The Lincoln County News – Waldoboro is opening the Long Cove Farmers Market to support local farmers, producers, and fishermen on Mondays from 3 – 6 p.m. from July 6 to October 12, at East Forty Farm on Route 220.

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The Lost Art of Growing Blueberries With Fire

July 6, 2020 – By Luke Fater, Atlas Obscura – By the time Europeans first made contact with the Passamaquoddy tribe along the rugged coastline of what is now Maine, fire had been an agricultural tool there for centuries. Between summertime harvests, tribes burned the unforgiving, rocky terrain from which blueberries sprung forth, a custom that encouraged the new growth of what was, to many Indigenous people, a sacred fruit. Colonizers carried on the stark tradition, and burning blueberry fields by hand, with help from family, friends, and neighbors, became as much a fixture of the coastal Maine lifestyle as blueberries became of a new American diet.

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Coronavirus: world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

July 6, 2020 – By Damian Carrington, The Guardian – The world is treating the health and economic symptoms of the coronavirus pandemic but not the environmental cause, according to the authors of a UN report. As a result, a steady stream of diseases can be expected to jump from animals to humans in coming years, they say.

 

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Vermont just banned food waste in trash. Here’s how it works

July 6, 2020 – By Kristin Toussaint, Fast Company – Vermonters can no longer simply toss their food into trash cans. Under a new law that went into effect at the start of the month, residents are now required to compost any unfinished food—including inedible scraps like peels, egg shells, and pits—in their yard or through a professional compost facility. While other states have taken steps to curb food waste, particularly at the business level, Vermont is the first to implement a statewide ban on food waste that also affects individuals.

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Fermenting organic matter better for soil health than composting

July 6, 2020 – By Emma Gilbard, Farmers Weekly – Fermenting organic matter in a similar way to ensiling grass, rather than composting waste, can lead to greater improvements in soil health while at the same time helping farmers to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Court Finds EPA Violated Pesticide Safety Procedures

July 3, 2020 – By Steve Curwood, Living on Earth – In 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a new, broader use of Dicamba, a powerful herbicide. But a federal appellate court recently found EPA did not adequately consider risks and problems, including costs to farmers who do not use the chemical or who don’t want to buy seeds of genetically modified crops that can tolerate it. Lori Ann Burd, Environmental Health Program Director and a Senior Attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, joins Host Steve Curwood to talk about the court’s ruling.

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