|“Untouchable” certified organic seed bank|
Treehugger - 3/23/2009.by Kimberley D. Mok – In India, while the growth of slicker, modernized supermarkets with standardized brands might be edging out the traditional open-air markets – at the same time, India’s domestic certified organic food industry is also on the rise - sometimes in surprising ways. One such example is the collective of 5,000 lower-caste Dalit (untouchable) women from the central state of Andhra Pradesh that is now offering chemical-free, non-irrigated, certified and organically-grown food.
|Eating Food That’s Better for You, Organic or Not|
Chef Ann Cooper Blog - 3/22/2009.By Mark Bittman – In the six-and-one-half years since the federal government began certifying food as “organic,” Americans have taken to the idea with considerable enthusiasm. Sales have at least doubled, and three-quarters of the nation’s grocery stores now carry at least some organic food.
|Obituary: Albert Allen|
Kennebec Journal - 3/22/2009.Albert "Abe" David Allen [and his wife were] charter members of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and won many blue ribbons with their produce at the Common Ground and Windsor fairs.
|Letting go of a sweet tradition|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/22/2009.By Bill Nemitz – Sitting in their kitchen over cups of hot tea Friday morning, John and Ramona Snell said it wasn't an easy decision. But after 29 years of tapping tress all over Bar Mills, they've given up their small, 125-gallon-a-year maple sugar operation to focus more fully on their 8-acre orchard and 30-acre vegetable farm.