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Ben Perrin

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ben Perrin of the MOFGA certified organic Burke Hill Farm in Cherryfield. Ben grows lowbush blueberries and garlic. He sells at the Common Ground Country Fair, farmers' cooperatives, farmers' markets, to several wholesale and retail accounts, and from the farm. You can contact Ben at BurkeHillFarm@gmail.com.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery
Portland Press Herald - 10/9/2014.
By Susan Axelrod - “Artificial and natural flavors” have become ubiquitous terms on food labels, helping create vivid tastes that would otherwise be lost in mass production. As the science behind them advances, however, some are calling for greater transparency about their safety and ingredients.
Significant differences between organic and non-organic food
Organic Market Info - 10/9/2014.
An international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has proved that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops. Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the largest study of its kind found that switching to eating organic fruit, vegetables and cereals would provide additional antioxidants equivalent to eating between one and two extra portions of fruit and vegetables. It also showed drastically lower levels of toxic heavy metals in organic crops.
Balancing birds and biofuels: Grasslands support more species than cornfields
Science Daily - 10/9/2014.
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Scientists have examined whether corn and perennial grassland fields in southern Wisconsin could provide both biomass for bioenergy production and bountiful bird habitat. The research team found that grassland fields supported more than three times as many bird species as cornfields, and new findings indicate grassland fields may represent an acceptable tradeoff between creating biomass for bioenergy and providing habitat for grassland birds.
Farmers Fight Coca-Cola as India’s Groundwater Dries Up
Bloomberg - 10/9/2014.
By Archana Chaudhary - Savitri Rai winces as she recounts how police beat her when she protested against groundwater extraction at a Coca-Cola Co. plant near her farm in India. A decade later, she said her water supplies keep dwindling.
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