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The Pandemic Continues To Wreak Havoc On Maine Farms

July 24, 2020 – By Jennifer Mitchell, Maine Public – With harvest on the horizon and the summer slipping away, COVID-19 continues to wreak new havoc on Maine farms in diverse ways. Some farmers say the pandemic is dealing blows to their business plans and complicating an already complex labor market — even driving some to the brink of disaster.

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That Flour You Bought Could Be the Future of the U.S. Economy

July 24, 2020 – By Tim Wu, The New York Times – By the established logic of the business world, Maine Grains, a small miller of flour in a rural part of the state, should not exist. With some 20 employees, it mills about 2,000 tons of flour a year in an industry where larger companies can mill more than 20,000 tons a day.

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Agroforestry Is Both Climate Friendly and Profitable

July 24, 2020 – By Stephanie Hanes, Civil Eats – Incorporating trees into farmland benefits everything from soil health to crop production to the climate. Investors say it might also yields profits.

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals: implications for human health

August 2020 – By Linda G Kahn, Ph.D., et al., The Lancet – Greater evidence has accumulated than was previously identified for cognitive deficits and attention-deficit disorder in children following prenatal exposure to bisphenol A, organophosphate pesticides, and polybrominated flame retardants.

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Local organizations promoting food access with seedlings

July 23, 2020 – Bangor Daily News – Over the past months, a number of local farms, along with the Merrymeeting Gleaners and the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT), have been working together on an ambitious project to collect and distribute hundreds of seedlings to dozens of food access programs across the southern midcoast region.

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The Struggles of Sustainable Farming

July 23, 2020 – By Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, The Walrus – If you’re paying $1 for lettuce, somebody’s being exploited. So is the environment.

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