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• 2014 Farm Bill programs that will benefit organic agriculture

• Organic Research and Promotion Program

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The USDA is urging Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables, but its crop insurance and credit programs handicap produce growers and instead promote commodity crops that are disproportionately used in heavily processed junk food, says a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Ten articles about a variety of food-related matters.

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The Economist calculated total food intake among Americans and total U.S. food available (minus exports, plus imports) and found that 40 percent of our food supply is wasted.

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An article in The New York Times reports on efforts to revive American Indian foods. On the Tohono O'odham Reservation southwest of Tucson, farmer Noland Johnson grows tepary beans, once a staple of the Tohono O'odham diet but now hard to find.

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A Public Citizen investigation illustrates how big agribusiness used millions of dollars in lobbying expenditures and campaign contributions, and a network of Washington insiders with close connections to the Bush administration and Congress, to thwart mandating country-of-origin labeling (COOL).

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Seven tips for buying organic foods

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Those annoying little stickers on fruit may have one redeeming quality for consumers: They tell whether fruit was grown conventionally, organically or was genetically engineered.

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Doug FlackDoug Flack is adamant that animals are required for a healthy farm. "Livestock farming has gotten a very bad name from vegetarianism," he believes. "Livestock are crucial, absolutely essential to fertility" on a farm. "I think you're making a mistake if you're trying to farm without livestock." Using livestock, the vision of the Flack Family Farm is "to create a farm organism," and the livestock are one of the many organs in the organism.

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Mark WinneMy involvement with Maine, food and agriculture goes back to my college days at Bates College. Those were the days – the early days of food security, of the "back to the land" movement, of the early-organic period, of trying to take control of one vital facet of our lives – namely food.

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• “Diluted” EPA Market Basket Brochure
• Irradiation Labels Shrink

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