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Maine Department of Education Seeks Farmers and Food Producers

February 21, 2019 – The Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition Program is excited to announce the launch of Maine’s Harvest of the Month (HOM) Program, piloting in Spring of 2019. The program is a nationwide marketing campaign promoting the use of seasonally available, local products in schools, institutions, and communities. Each month, a different Maine product will be highlighted and participating schools will pledge to serve the product and promote it through educational materials and activities.


United Farmers Market of Maine’s farm to table dinner

February 21, 2019 – Bangor Daily News – The United Farmers Market of Maine will hold the next dinner in its Farm & Forage Dinner Series from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at 18 Spring Street. The Farm & Forage Dinner Series is a celebration of Maine and the wonderful selection of ingredients that come from the landscape of of the midcoast and beyond.


Do Experiences With Nature Promote Learning? Converging Evidence of a Cause-and-Effect Relationship

February 19, 2019 – By Ming Kuo1, Michael Barnes and Catherine Jordan, Frontiers in Psychology – Do experiences with nature – from wilderness backpacking to plants in a preschool, to a wetland lesson on frogs—promote learning? Until recently, claims outstripped evidence on this question. But the field has matured, not only substantiating previously unwarranted claims but deepening our understanding of the cause-and-effect relationship between nature and learning. Hundreds of studies now bear on this question, and converging evidence strongly suggests that experiences of nature boost academic learning, personal development, and environmental stewardship.


The Rise of ‘Zero-Waste’ Grocery Stores

February 15, 2019 – By Emily Matchar, Smithsonian – A growing number of supermarkets sell food without packaging in an effort to reduce the toll of plastic on the environment.


Exposure to weed killing products increases risk of cancer by 41% – study

February 14, 2019 – By Carey Gillam, The Guardian – A broad new scientific analysis of the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate herbicides, the most widely used weed killing products in the world, has found that people with high exposures to the popular pesticides have a 41% increased risk of developing a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


Buy organic food to help curb global insect collapse, say scientists

February 13, 2019 – By Damian Carrington, The Guardian – Buying organic food is among the actions people can take to curb the global decline in insects, according to leading scientists. Urging political action to slash pesticide use on conventional farms is another, say environmentalists.


Organic Means Healthy People and Healthy Soils

February 13, 2019 – Allison Johnson, Natural Resources Defense Council – Here at NRDC, we believe everyone should be able to eat safe, healthy, and sustainably grown food that nourishes our bodies and protects public health. That’s why we’ve advocated for decades to get the most toxic chemicals out of our food system—including dangerous pesticides like brain-toxic chlorpyrifos, cancer-linked glyphosate, and pollinator-threatening neonicotinoids.


Monsanto Roundup Attacks Healthy Gut Bacteria, Lawsuit Says

February 13, 2019 – By Lydia Mulvany and Deena Shanker, Bloomberg – Monsanto Co. has been sued by thousands of farmers and others who blame their cancers on its massively popular Roundup weedkiller. Now Germany’s Bayer AG, which bought the agriculture giant last year, faces a claim that it deceived home gardeners about Roundup’s impact on their gut bacteria and their health.