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EU To 'Completely Ban' Outdoor Use Of Pesticides Blamed For Devastating Bees

April 27, 2018 – By Bill Campbell, The Two-Way, National Public Radio – Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union is set to "completely ban" the outdoor use of neonicotinoid insecticides that have been blamed for killing bees, and for keeping other bees from laying eggs.

‘Silent Spring & Other Writings’ Review: The Right and Wrong of Rachel Carson

April 26, 2018 –  By Charles C. Mann, The Wall Street Journal – It is strange to read Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” today, more than 50 years after its publication, in a handsome new edition from the Library of America. At the time the book hit the shelves, it read as a relentless, densely factual indictment of the world’s growing use of industrial pesticides and herbicides. Now it seems like a dispatch from a vanished world – a world that vanished in large part because of “Silent Spring.”

Fearing a mousepocalypse, Maine farmers aren’t messing around

April 22, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – At one point, farmer Kate Hall resorted to setting up security cameras. By then she had a pretty good idea about what was decimating entire trays of her tender young microgreens – nearly $1,200 worth in one night.

Annual Empty Bowl Supper in Belfast

April 19, 2018 – The Republican Journal – The annual Empty Bowl Supper, a benefit for the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee's work, will celebrate 17 years of sistering and solidarity between small-scale and organic farmers in Maine and El Salvador Saturday evening, April 28.

Vermont Tomato Farmer Leads Defense of Organic Principles

April 18, 2018 – By Melissa Pasanen, Seven Days – The weather forecast in East Thetford on a recent Friday called for snow flurries, but stepping into a greenhouse on Dave Chapman's Long Wind Farm evoked a very different season.

Sustainability in pasture-based dairy farming

April 17, 2018 – By Craig Galloway, Farmer’s Weekly Magazine – One of the questions modern farmers face is whether they can farm in an environmentally sustainable, yet profitable, way. Craig Galloway provided the answer in his PhD thesis on the sustainability of pasture-based dairy farms.

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