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When Fashion is Fungal

August 31, 2020 – By Jessica Wolfrom, The Washington Post – Textiles have a big carbon footprint and then clog landfills when discarded. Could biodegradable clothes be a solution?


New Mainers group raises $367K to purchase Androscoggin County farm

August 31, 2020 – By William Hall, Mainebiz – After last week completing a $367,000 crowdfunding campaign that included over 1,500 donors, a Lewiston-based group of New Mainers plans to purchase a 104-acre farm in the nearby Androscoggin County town of Wales.


Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

August 31, 2020 – By Kate S. Petersen, Environmental Health News – Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.


How power shaped the ‘success story’ of genetically modified cotton in Burkina Faso

August 30, 2020 – By Jessie Luna and Brian Dowd-Uribe – The West African nation of Burkina Faso was once the poster child for genetically modified (GM) crop advocates. Its 2008 adoption of GM cotton for smallholder farmers was hailed as an example of how these technologies could alleviate poverty and food insecurity by protecting crops from pests and increasing yields.


Can Planting Trees Make a City More Equitable?

August 28, 2020 – By Patrick Sisson, Bloomberg – Cities across the U.S. are pledging to plant trees and restore urban forests to combat climate change and cool off disadvantaged communities.


Stop Eating Pesticides

August 27, 2020 – By Catherine Roberts, Consumer Reports – Use CR’s exclusive ratings to get the health benefits from fruits and vegetables while minimizing your risk from toxic chemicals


Hot, dry July diminishes local blueberry yields

August 27, 2020 – By Eli Forman, Castine Patriot – Those hoping to stock up on blueberries for the freezer may have limited options this year, as drought conditions combined with coronavirus precautions have reduced yields for many producers both locally and statewide.