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Organic farming methods favors (sic) pollinators

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September 14, 2018 – Lund University – Pollinating insects are endangered globally, with a particularly steep decline over the last 40 years. An extensive 3-year study from Lund University in Sweden has found that organic farming methods can contribute to halting the pollinator decline. This beneficial effect is due to both the absence of insecticides and a higher provision of flower resources.

Farmworkers at risk from chemicals but organic can help, shows new report

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September 13, 2018 – The Organic Center – The Organic Center report synthesizes 129 research studies from around the world about the impacts of toxic, synthetic pesticides on the health of farmworkers and farm communities, and … how organic certified production can substantially benefit those working in agricultural systems.

How humans are messing up bee sex

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September 12, 2018 – By Elizabeth Anne Brown, National Geographic – From pesticides to land development to electromagnetic pollution, humans often harm the ability of honeybees to reproduce.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Western York County, Maine

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September 12, 2018 – Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestr – State officials at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry today announced that entomologists have confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) in western York County, Maine. This alarming new development follows a spring discovery in northern Aroostook County.

Ten tips to help you get the most out of this year’s Common Ground Fair

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September 12, 2018 – By Avery Yale Kamila, Portland Press Herald – Entering through the stone Rose Gate at the Common Ground Country Fair, I feel it immediately. It’s a visceral sensation formed by the heady scent of the fair’s signature herb Sweet Annie (carried in bouquets and worn as crowns) mixing with the faint smell of wood smoke and fried potatoes; the clang of the forger’s hammer punctuating the live bluegrass music; the mosaic of vegetables, crafts and art that spins out in all directions; and finally the taste of every exquisite morsel of organic, vegan food I can get my hands on.

Parasitic flies to be released as biocontrol for winter moth

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September 11, 2018 – Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Entomologists at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Maine Forest Service (MFS) are continuing their battle against winter moth. On Wednesday, September 12, they will be setting out parasitic flies (Cyzenis albicans) in Bath as part of a biocontrol project to control the invasive winter moth (Operophtera brumata). In several Massachusetts locations, the parasitoids have been successful in reducing winter moth populations to non-damaging levels.

Hunger rising with global temperatures, UN report says

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September 11, 2018 – By Hilary Clarke, CNN – Climate change is having a negative effect on global agriculture and is driving up the number of hungry people around the world, according to the United Nations' 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, released Tuesday.

Blockchain is revolutionizing your ability to make environmentally friendly purchases

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September 11, 2018 – By Catherine Early, Ensia – How environmentally friendly is the coffee you drank this morning? The clothes you’re wearing? What are the social impacts of the chair you’re sitting on? Perhaps you’ve tried to find the answers to questions like these from retailers, but got no response, or just a vague “commitment to sustainability” statement?

Many California marijuana products failing safety test

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September 11, 2018 – By Michael R. Blood, ABC News – Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.

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