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About 10 to 14 percent of the food eaten by the average Mainer comes from Maine, says Mark Lapping of the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Policy and a member of the Maine Food Strategy Initiative.

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Once again, Maine leads the nation in adopting a policy that provides a preference for the purchase of meat produced without the use of antibiotics. The new purchasing policy was adopted to address the antibiotic resistance in human medicine. Growing evidence shows that use of antibiotic feed additives promotes development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can be transferred to people.

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Understanding the Dichotomy Between Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Agriculture: Types and Characteristics of Maine Farms, by Stewart Smith, Pamela Bell and Andrew Files.

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The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) recently released some preliminary Census of Agriculture statistics. Here are some comparisons between 1997 and 2002 data for Maine.

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John PiottiThough growing support exists in Maine for farmland preservation and even for some new farm assistance programs, the push behind these efforts is not spurred by a belief in the future potential of Maine agriculture, let alone a hope that local farming can transform the world. In fact, the opposite is true. Most farmland preservation efforts are driven by a desire to preserve history or open space, not to protect a critical economic resource. Likewise, in the view of many, the primary reason for any program that assists farmers is to slow the death of a dying industry.

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Robert SpearAgriculture Commissioner Bob Spear owns a dairy and vegetable farm with his brother and sons, and he’s a former state legislator. When he was appointed Agriculture Commissioner in 1999, he found a department “limited in financial resources” but with a “great group of knowledgeable employees.” His immediate job was to increase morale and support those employees.

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