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Food after oil: how urban farmers are preparing us for a self-sufficient future

August 18, 2019 – By Richard Benson, The Guardian – If you travel by train into Bristol from north of the city, there is a point two miles from the centre when you can catch sight of a tiny farmyard. Nestling at the bottom of a railway embankment between houses, builders yards and a car rental depot, it has sties, snoozing Gloucester Old Spot pigs, a paddock with caramel-coloured Dexter cattle grazing and vegetable plots in which you might see the farmer and her three young children at work.

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State’s ‘forever chemical’ restrictions not applied to compost

August 18, 2019 – By Kevin Miller, Kennebec Journal – State environmental regulators have allowed companies to sell compost made with treated municipal sludge to the public this summer, even as they restrict the use of sludge on many farm fields because of concerns about chemical contamination.

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How Fruit Wines Are Becoming Serious Business

August 17, 2019 – By Jim Clarke, Fortune – Fruit wines. Every summer they pop up at local farm stands, or in the hands of an eccentric uncle or a neighbor with an overambitious garden. They’re cloyingly sweet, and taste—at best—intensely fruity. But serious fruit wines are on the rise, often made with the same level of technique and sophistication as the grape wines served at high-end restaurants.

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Maine dairy farmer’s blood tests high for ‘forever chemicals’ from toxic sludge

August 16, 2019 – By Donna Buttarazzi, Bangor Daily News – Blood tests performed on Arundel dairy farmer Fred Stone, who became the face of PFAS contamination in Maine when his farm was shutdown due to its impact, show levels of the “forever chemicals” 20 times the national average more than two years after he and his wife stopped drinking the milk and water on the farm.

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Organic food health benefits have been hard to assess, but that could change

August 16, 2019 – By Cynthia Curl, The Conversation – “Organic” is more than just a passing fad. Organic food sales totaled a record US$45.2 billion in 2017, making it one of the fastest-growing segments of American agriculture. While a small number of studies have shown associations between organic food consumption and decreased incidence of disease, no studies to date have been designed to answer the question of whether organic food consumption causes an improvement in health.

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Blue Hill is now home to the biggest co-op in Maine

August 16, 2019 – By Nick Sambides Jr., Bangor Daily News – Now that it has moved into its new home, the Blue Hill Co-op is the state’s largest cooperatively owned and operated grocery store and cafe.

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