|Legislator: Report on dairy subsidies silences debate|
Kennebec Journal - 12/5/2009.By Susan M. Cover – A state senator is accusing the state Department of Agriculture of trying to "squelch" debate on the controversial topic of dairy subsidies. Sen. John Nutting, D-Leeds, who runs a small dairy farm, said the department did not accurately depict the conclusions of the Governor's Task Force on the Sustainability of the Dairy Industry in Maine in a report posted online. Further, Nutting alleges the department did not post a separate report supported by five of the 20 members because it disagreed with the majority.
|‘Let’s keep buying home-grown produce’|
Kennebec Journal - 12/5/2009.Letter to the Editor by Ellen Roberts – First of all I'd like to say, that I am not promoting any advertising of any specific products. I just want to say that I was born and raised in Maine, and am proud to say how good and tasty our home-grown products are.
|Gardeners build energy-efficient home with local, natural and recycled materials|
Bangor Daily News - 12/5/2009.By Lynn Ascrizzi – Many of us think we’re being ecologically savvy if we tote groceries in recyclable canvas bags or drive around in a newer model, fuel-efficient car. But to Maia Campoamor and Jacob Mentlik of Montville, living sustainably involves far more. In fact, their lifestyle is about as green as it gets. Their owner-built home, barn, root cellar and three, hoop-style greenhouses, all set on 30 acres off Peavytown Road, form the hub of their organic market garden, a small business called After the Fall Farm.
|Cancer from the kitchen?|
The New York Times - 12/5/2009.Nicholas Kristof Op-Ed. The battle over health care focuses on access to insurance, or tempests like the one that erupted over new mammogram guidelines. But what about broader public health challenges? What if breast cancer in the United States has less to do with insurance or mammograms and more to do with contaminants in our water or air -- or in certain plastic containers in our kitchens? What if the surge in asthma and childhood leukemia reflect, in part, the poisons we impose upon ourselves?