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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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2016 Poultry Processing Workshop

Thursday, July 7

MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $75 for non-members; $60 for members
Information: Email Diane Schivera or contact the MOFGA office: (207) 568-4142

Join MOFGA's livestock expert Diane Schivera and MOFGA's Jason Tessier of Tessier's Farm as they teach you how to successfully and sanitarily process your own meat birds. In this workshop you will be guided through a safe and humane process for turning live birds into oven ready roasters. We'll discuss poultry management, equipment and food safety concerns. Please bring your favorite kitchen knife, an apron, and a willingness to learn. Each participant will take home a bird.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law to Take Effect, But What Makes a Food ‘Modified’?
Maine Public Broadcasting - 6/24/2016.
By Kathleen Masterson - Vermont’s so-called GMO Labeling Law will go into effect July 1. It requires manufacturers to label foods made with genetic engineering. It’s the first law of its kind in the nation, and it has started a trend.
Food Advocates Race to Stop Destructive GMO Labeling "Compromise"
Common Dreams - 6/24/2016.
By Deirdre Fulton - The "compromise" food-labeling bill announced Thursday by leaders of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is nothing less than a "rollback of democracy at the behest of the world's largest agribusiness and biotech corporations," said Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter.
Neonicotinoid pesticides cause harm to honeybees
Science Daily - 6/24/2016.
Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz - One possible cause of the alarming bee mortality we are witnessing is the use of the very active systemic insecticides called neonicotinoids. Researchers have discovered that neonicotinoids in low and field-relevant concentrations reduce the concentration of acetylcholine in the royal jelly/larval food secreted by nurse bees.
Conventional breeding outpaces biotech efforts to produce nutrient-efficient crops
GM Watch - 6/24/2016.
An article in Nature entitled ‘The Race to Create Super-Crops’ discusses the global race to develop crops that grow well in soils depleted of nutrients, reports the Third World Network. Conventional crop-breeding techniques that rely on examining plants' physical characteristics and then selecting for desirable traits, such as growth or the length of fine roots, appear to be outpacing the high-tech route of genetic engineering.
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