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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship though cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Sexual liberation in fish is nothing to celebrate
The Atlantic - 7/12/2012.
By Lindsay Abrams – A new study published yesterday in the journal Evolutionary Applications linking BPA to inter-species mating in fish may be troubling enough to make the issue worth revisiting.
Beware of the genetic tomato tamperers
Creators.com - 7/11/2012.
By Jim Hightower – Some people are too smart for your own good. Food geneticists, for example. These technicians have the smarts to tinker with the inner workings of Momma Nature's own good foods – but not the smarts to leave well enough alone.
Keeping kids safe on farms is everyone’s goal
Kennebec Journal - 7/11/2012.
Editorial – Officials in the U.S. Department of Labor recently proposed a rule limiting what kinds of jobs teenagers could hold in agricultural industries, including close relatives' family farms. The rules were in response to overall statistics showing that minors suffered a fatality rate four times higher in agricultural work than in other types of industry.
Eating for health
Portland Press Herald - 7/11/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Watching her parents suffer through diet-related diseases, Dawn Harlor made a radical change to what she eats in hopes of staying healthy as she ages. "My parents both had strokes – my mom in her 80s and my dad in his 90s," said Harlor, who lives in Camden and is in her 60s. "And I wanted to be proactive about my arteries. I'm hoping to avert the same fate."
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