|Spray elicits worry|
Kennebec Journal - 9/29/2009.By Keith Edwards – Augusta: Some residents fear the herbicide sprayed on city streets and sidewalks to kill weeds could also be bad for humans and pets.
|Orono considers changing town ordinances|
Bangor Daily News - 9/29/2009.By Meg Haskell – Orono: With a nod to what they say is a national trend, members of the community development committee met Monday to refine the town’s regulation of backyard chicken flocks. The current ordinance allows residents of Orono’s medium-density residential districts – which include most in-town neighborhoods – to keep just two chickens, assuming they’re pets and not livestock.
|Big Ag on climate change: “What, me worry?”|
Grist - 9/28/2009.By Tom Laskawy – Once again, topics covered at length in the pixels of Grist are slowly percolating out into the wider media world. Newsweek over the weekend posted an article by Jeneen Interlandi about the grave effects of climate change on agriculture, summed up as the triple threat of “droughts, bugs and big storms.”
|Apple cider rules upset Maine’s organic producers|
Maine Public Broadcasting - 9/28/2009.By Anne Ravana – Making and drinking cider is a time-honored autumn tradition that's been evolving in recent years. For about decade, the Food and Drug Administration has required apple cider to be fully pasteurized to protect customers from harmful bacteria. But many organic apple cider processors in Maine are upset because they say the product sold on store shelves is no longer cider, but apple juice.