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Community Invited to ‘Forever Farm’ Party

July 9, 2018 – The Lincoln County News – Damariscotta River Association and Maine Farmland Trust invite the community to a celebration of farmland protection and community collaboration, the “Forever Farm” party, on Thursday, July 26 from 5-8 p.m. at Morning Dew Farm’s new fields on Route 1 in Damariscotta.

New food truck delivers farm-fresh Somali cuisine to Maine

July 9, 2018 – By Lori Valigra, Bangor Daily News – Two Somali Bantu farm cooperatives will open a farm stand in Lewiston that will be the home base for what they say is the nation’s first Somali Bantu farm-to-fork food truck.

America’s Enduring Failure to Prevent Food-Borne Illness

July 9, 2018 – By Emily Atkin, The New Republic – E. coli bacteria entered the public imagination in 1993, when Jack in the Box, a West Coast fast food chain, was the source of the most infamous food poisoning outbreak in modern American history. Beef patties contaminated with Escherichia coli O157 – one of the deadliest types of E. coli pathogens – were found to have been sold at 73 of the restaurants across the country. More than 700 people were infected, 179 were left with permanent brain and kidney damage, and four children died. The last one to die was Darin Detwiler’s 17-month-old son, Riley.

How Green Spaces May Be Key to Slashing Schizophrenia

July 9, 2018 – By Dan Peleschuk, Ozy – Anyone who’s grown up in the country can attest to the soothing power of nature. Clean air, greenery, peace and quiet … those are only some of the many benefits of rural living. Even suburban cul-de-sacs and man-made ponds can be places to clear one’s head and enjoy a connection to the natural world.

Beedy Parker honored in Camden's 2018 Annual Report

July 6, 2018 – By Alison McKellar, Village Soup – This year, Camden's Annual Report is dedicated to the town's best known naturalist and social and environmental activist, Elizabeth "Beedy" Parker.

Escaped GMO bentgrass creates bitter divide in Eastern Oregon still

July 5, 2018 – By Julia Rosen, The Oregonian/OregonLive – In the failing light of an unusually warm January day, Jerry Erstrom and I race along a dirt track behind Rod Frahm’s white pickup. Here, near Ontario, Oregon, a stone’s throw from the Idaho border, Frahm grows onions, squash and corn. But today, he wants to show us something he’s growing against his will: a genetically engineered turfgrass designed for golf courses.

This Giant Invasive Flower Can Give You Third-Degree Burns

July 3, 2018 – By Megan Molteni, Wired – THE GIANT HOGWEED is hard to miss. The monstrous plant towers up to 15 feet tall, with a crown of white flowers the size of an umbrella. They burst into bloom between the last week of June and the first week of July – just in time to be the perfect dramatic backdrop to red-white-and-blue-themed parties.

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