|The way we farm now: fruit and vegetables vs. commodity crops|
Grist - 5/23/2012. As Congress hustles to pass the next food and farm bill, there’s been a lot of discussion about how little government support goes to fruit and vegetable farmers compared to the Big Five commodity crops (wheat, corn, soy, rice, and cotton).
|An organic advocate for the family farm|
UNH Sustainable Stories - 5/23/2012. By Julia Miller – Bridgewater: Eight hours north of Boston, in the rural expanse of northern Maine, lives the man behind a lawsuit that aims to reverse a 30-year-old Supreme Court decision that allowed a corporate agricultural giant to patent its seeds of life. Jim Gerritsen lives down a long dirt road in Bridgewater, heart of a region once known as the “Potato Empire.” Now, after decades of consolidation in American agriculture, Gerritsen and others like him say they are fighting for what once was so common in Aroostook County, and much of America: the family farm.
|Merchants to start Hampden Farmer’s Market|
Bangor Daily News - 5/23/2012. By Andrew Neff – Hampden: Michelle Byram and other members of the new Hampden Farmer’s Market didn’t intend to be the latest vendors to attempt reviving a traditional farmers’ market in Hampden, but they’ve grown to like the idea.
|UN chief: ocean’s biodiversity must be protected|
Common Dreams - 5/23/2012. Speaking on the International World Biodiversity Day, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday warned that over-consumption and rampant pollution was threatening the world's ocean and marine biodiverity. "Despite its importance, marine biodiversity has not fared well at human hands," he said in a prepared statement.