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The Margesons

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Meet Erich Margeson and his family from Margeson Organic Farm in Westmanland. The Margesons raise MOFGA certified organic potatoes, seed potatoes, winter squash, oats and garlic, which they sell through Maine Potato Lady,  Johnny's Selected Seeds and Fedco.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
GM crops promote superweeds, food insecurity and pesticides, say NGOs
The Guardian [UK] - 10/19/2011.
By John Vidal – Genetic engineering has failed to increase the yield of any food crop but has vastly increased the use of chemicals and the growth of "superweeds", according to a report by 20 Indian, south-east Asian, African and Latin American food and conservation groups representing millions of people.
‘Superweeds’ revive an old, highly toxic herbicide
Mother Jones - 10/19/2011.
By Tom Philpott – Ecologists call it the "pesticide treadmill": pests like weeds and bugs evolve to resist the poisons designed to destroy them, forcing farmers to apply ever-higher doses or resort to novel poisons. But Monsanto's empire of Roundup Ready crops – designed to resist lashings of its own herbicide, Roundup – appears on the verge of sending the pesticide treadmill into reverse.
The food crisis strikes again
CIP Americas - 10/19/2011.
By Esther Vivas – The threat of a new food crisis is already a reality. The price of food began to rise to record levels again, according to the FAO Food Price Index of February, 2011, which does a monthly analysis of global prices of a basic food basket made up of grains, seed oils, dairy products, meat and sugar. The Index came to a new historic maximum, the highest since the FAO began to study food prices in 1990.
State employee says she was demoted after testifying about BPA
Bangor Daily News - 10/18/2011.

by Judy Harrison. A state employee has sued the head of the Department of Environmental Protection alleging she was demoted after testifying before a legislative committee during her vacation about the dangers of the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA.

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