Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Association of Frequency of Organic Food Consumption With Cancer Risk

Findings From the NutriNet-Santé Prospective Cohort Study

October 22, 2018 – By Julia Baudry et al., JAMA Internal Medicine – A higher frequency of organic food consumption was associated with a reduced risk of cancer; if the findings are confirmed, promoting organic food consumption in the general population could be a promising preventive strategy against cancer.


You can cut your cancer risk by eating organic, a new study says

October 22, 2018 – By Susan Scutti, CNN – You can protect yourself from cancer by eating organic, a new study suggests. Those who frequently eat organic foods lowered their overall risk of developing cancer, a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine finds. Specifically, those who primarily eat organic foods were more likely to ward off non-Hodgkin lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer compared to those who rarely or never ate organic foods.


Fairfield council considering food sovereignty ordinance

October 22, 2018 – By Matt Junker, Kennebec Journal – As more and more Maine municipalities signal their support for food sovereignty, Fairfield may join the trend Wednesday to exempt local food producers from certain state laws in a town-driven effort.


Judge upholds Monsanto verdict, cuts award to $78 million

October 22, 2018 – By Paul Elias, ABC News – A Northern California judge on Monday upheld a jury's verdict that found Monsanto's weed killer caused a groundskeeper's cancer, but she slashed the amount of money to be paid from $289 million to $78 million.


Maine becomes only New England State with Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) Program

October 20, 2018 – Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announced today that Maine has signed a new Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) which will allow selected Maine slaughterhouses and processors to wholesale their products in every state and in the District of Columbia. Plant applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 2018.


Of oil lamps and seaweed

October 19, 2018 – By Lynette L. Walther, The Republican Journal – That early September storm that took down trees, and electrical lines along with them, got us searching for the oil lamps. Almost an entire day and a whole night sans power tested our patience with light switches that refused to respond, and our ingenuity, as well as the consistency of the ice cream slowly turning to mush in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator. Yet all around us private home generators hummed and rumbled throughout the lengthening night.


Our View: Farmers’ credit union puts money to work

October 19, 2018 – The Editorial Board, Portland Press Herald – If there’s a bright future out there for Maine’s rural economy, it’ll come in large part from the land. Investment in traditional and emerging products is reinvigorating the forest industry, giving new hope to areas of the state long supported by the woods around them.