Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


UMaine team researching ways to help farmers adapt to climate change


November 5, 2018 – By Julia Bayly, Bangor Daily News – Farming has always been a risky and unpredictable way to make a living, and according to researchers at the University of Maine in Orono, fluctuating weather conditions associated with climate change are only adding to the unpredictability.

It's Time to Stop Paying for Pesticides With Our Health: Organic for All Must Become the Norm


November 2, 2018 – By Kendra Klein, EcoWatch – A groundbreaking new study in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that you can cut your cancer risk by eating an organic diet. The findings are dramatic. In a study that followed nearly 70,000 people, those who ate the most organic food lowered their overall risk of developing cancer by 25 percent. The relationship was strongest for two types of cancer: participants who frequently ate organic had 76 percent fewer lymphomas and 34 percent fewer breast cancers that developed after menopause.

Bayer CEO says would consider glyphosate settlement depending on costs


November 2, 2018 – By Tina Bellon, Reuters – Bayer AG’s chief executive said this week the company might consider settling lawsuits over Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing weed-killers depending on how high court costs rise, but stressed it remained focused on defending the combined company against claims they cause cancer.

Inside USDA’s organic data gap


November 1, 2018 – By Ryan McCrimmon, Politico – USDA has an organic problem. The department wants to clamp down on fraudulent products, but needs to tackle inaccurate government data on organic farmland acreage.

Why It’s Difficult to Find Organic Pork


November 1, 2018 – By Deena Shanker, Bloomberg – Though barbecue lovers in Nashville have no shortage of options, many find themselves flocking to a parking lot-based food truck to get their fix.

Major Danish study identifies nine new EDCs


November 1, 2018 – By Clelia Oziel, Chemical Watch – The Danish environment ministry has published a major study that identifies nine new substances as endocrine disruptors based on "solid scientific evidence".