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Ag Leaders Speak Out Against Pending Move of Federal Research Agencies


November 29, 2018 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Lending their voices to the growing opposition against the proposed relocation and reorganization of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), 21 former U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists, Undersecretaries, and Land-Grant University leaders submitted a letter today to House and Senate Agriculture and Appropriations Committee leadership. In the letter, these 21 leaders outline the likely negative outcomes of moving and/or reorganizing the nonpartisan research agencies. They summarize the proposed move as one that will “undermine our food and agriculture enterprise by disrupting and hampering the agencies’ vital work.”

Kirsten Lie-Nielsen Launches New Book at Left Bank Books


November 29, 2018 – By Brenda Bonneville, Maine Art Scene – Left Bank Books in downtown Belfast invites the public to celebrate the release of writer-farmer Kirsten Lie-Nielsen’s new book, So You Want to be a Modern Homesteader: All the Dirt on Living the Good Life, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 11. Lie-Nielsen and her partner live on a 93-acre farm in Liberty where they are restoring an 1860s-era farmhouse and surrounding land.

The E.Coli scare actually helped some Maine farmers


November 28, 2019 – By Julia Bayly – A nationwide outbreak of the E.Coli virus linked to romaine lettuce coming out of California has created an increased demand for locally grown greens in Maine.

Global food system is broken, say world’s science academies


November 28, 2018 – By Damian Carrington, The Guardian – The global food system is broken, leaving billions of people either underfed or overweight and driving the planet towards climate catastrophe, according to 130 national academies of science and medicine across the world.

Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe


November 27, 2018 – By Carey Gillam, Environmental Health News – Weed killers in wheat crackers and cereals, insecticides in apple juice and a mix of multiple pesticides in spinach, string beans and other veggies – all are part of the daily diets of many Americans. For decades, federal officials have declared tiny traces of these contaminants to be safe. But a new wave of scientific scrutiny is challenging those assertions.

CDC Blanket Romaine Recall Hurts Small Farms


November 27, 2018 – Community Alliance with Family Farmers – Last week, the U.S. government issued a blanket “do not eat” warning for produce. As in the 2006 spinach outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a food safety alert: “U.S. consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about this outbreak.”

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the current romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak investigation


November 27, 2018 – Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities, continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of romaine lettuce in the U.S. As of Nov. 26, 2018, this outbreak has resulted in 43 people becoming ill in 12 states, with the last reported illness onset date being Oct. 31, 2018. An additional 22 people in Canada have become ill, and the FDA and our partners are also coordinating the investigation with Canadian health and food safety authorities.

The Gates Foundation’s Ceres2030 Plan Pushes Agenda of Agribusiness


November 27, 2018 – By Jonathan Latham, Independent Science News – Latham shows how the Gates Foundation recently started Ceres2030, a Cornell University-based project to capture the science and drive the policy agenda of agriculture and development. Ceres2030 has purchased a forthcoming special issue of prestigious Nature magazine that it will populate with articles and authors of its own choosing. These articles will in turn be used for future media and policy work. The evidence so far is that the goal of Ceres2030 is not sustainability but to spearhead chemical-intensive and GMO agriculture in developing countries.

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here


November 27, 2018 – By Brooke Jarvis, The New York Times – Sune Boye Riis was on a bike ride with his youngest son, enjoying the sun slanting over the fields and woodlands near their home north of Copenhagen, when it suddenly occurred to him that something about the experience was amiss. Specifically, something was missing.