Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


New Film Exposes Monsanto’s Roundup Health Effects


November 14, 2018 – By Jacob Wolinsky, Value Walk – Los Angeles – Today, the new documentary “Secret Ingredients” was released worldwide by filmmakers Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart featuring dramatic stories of people who regained their health after switching to organic food. The film implicates GMOs and pesticides, particularly Monsanto’s Roundup, in contributing to a global health crisis of chronic disease.

The Organic Food Industry Forges Its Own Path to Expand Growth


November 14, 2018 – By Sarah Shemkus, Civil Eats – Should organic farmers and processors pool their money to create their own “checkoff” program used for industry-wide research and marketing much like other food industries do? (Think: “Got Milk?” or “Pork: The Other White Meat” and “Beef: Its What’s for Dinner.”)

Study reveals natural solutions to combat climate change


November 14, 2018 – By Matt Hayes, Cornell University – Annual greenhouse gas emissions from all U.S. vehicles could be absorbed by forests, wetlands and agricultural lands – erasing a fifth of all greenhouse gas pollution, according to new research exploring natural climate solutions for the United States.

Daniel Imhoff: Time for a climate resilient Farm Bill


November 13, 2018 – By Daniel Imhoff, Environmental Health News – It is time for farmers and policy makers to jointly create a legislation that provides both for the survival of the planet and allows them to survive financially with ongoing taxpayer funding. There is no other sane option.

Bayer discloses jump in weed killer lawsuits


November 13, 2018 – By Ruth Bender, MarketWatch – Bayer AG (BAYN.XE) on Tuesday disclosed another jump in the number of lawsuits alleging the German company's recently acquired weed killers cause cancer, signaling that an issue that has already wiped billions off Bayer's market valuation isn't fading away.

Scientists warned this weed killer would destroy crops. EPA approved it anyway


November 13, 2018 – By Liza Gross, Reveal, The Center for Investigative Reporting – Every August, Andrew Joyce used to hunker down in the field beside his house, picking juicy, ripe tomatoes in the blazing sun. He’d load them onto his golf cart, along with buckets of okra, squash and other summer crops, and zip over to the farm stand he runs with his wife, Sara, off a two-lane highway near the Arkansas border. Sara’s Produce fans would drive hours to stock up on the artisanal fare, grown amid the fields of soybeans and cotton that reach toward the horizon of Missouri’s Bootheel.

Improve on-farm communication with UMaine Extension


November 13, 2018 – Penobscot Bay Pilot – Farmers, farm families and farm employees interested in improving farm communications will have three opportunities to participate in a workshop, and up to four farm-coaching sessions, beginning Dec. 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield.

Chase’s dairy farm donates to Central Aroostook’s Fuel Up to Play


November 13, 2018 – The County – Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council representatives recently visited three Aroostook County schools that have received funds from the organization this year. Vaughn Chase of Chase’s Organic Dairy Farm in Mapleton joined them at Central Aroostook Jr.-Sr. High School to present a $2,062 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to be used for promoting healthy eating and physical activity at the school.