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Meet Amy Dodge of MOFGA certified organic Fox Moon Farm at Indian Ridge in Addison. Dodge raises vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and annual cut flowers, which she sells through the Machias Marketplace, Jonesport Farmers’ Market, Perry Harvest Festival, Machias Harvest Festival and from her farm. Dodge says she takes a holistic approach to gardening and farming and strives for diversity in her systems. Visit Fox Moon Farm on Facebook.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
China’s hard line on GMO burns US hay
GM Watch - 12/15/2014.
Source: The Global Dairy - China’s tough new stance on imports of genetically modified crops is shaking up a little-noticed U.S. industry: hay. Over the summer China began testing imports to detect the presence of hay made from a biotech alfalfa that Beijing hasn’t approved. Consequently, shipments to China have plunged since midsummer and some deliveries have been rejected.
Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and the New Yorker
Independent Science News - 12/15/2014.
By Dr. Vandana Shiva - (A response to the article ‘Seeds of Doubt’ by Michael Specter in The New Yorker) I am glad that the future of food is being discussed, and thought about, on farms, in homes, on TV, online and in magazines, especially of The New Yorker’s caliber. The New Yorker has held its content and readership in high regard for so long. The challenge of feeding a growing population with the added obstacle of climate change is an important issue. Specter’s piece, however, is poor journalism.
No Surprise: Congress Gets it Wrong on GMO Labels
Food & Water Watch - 12/15/2014.
By Genna Reed - The FDA issued voluntary guidance for labeling GMO foods in 2001 and has basically been inactive on the topic ever since. Since the agency has for years neglected citizen petitions to require the mandatory labeling of GMOs, a movement is afoot to introduce bills on the state level.
Maine local food movement inspires credit union focused on small farms
Bangor Daily News - 12/15/2014.
By Darren Fishell - Whitefield: The 100-acre organic farm that Rufus Percy and his wife started working a decade ago is mix of leased land, family land and mortgaged land. He’s one of the young farmers leading a resurgence in the industry that aims to re-establish more local food systems in the state, where Maine is leading the way. But before that really takes off, he said, more accessible funding needs to be available to the folks who grow food that Mainers put in their mouths.
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