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We're supporting local, sustainable agriculture

Maine has so many healthy, local farms, but we import more of our food from out of state than any other state in the continental U.S. Too much of this imported food comes from big factory farms that pollute waterways, foul the air and fuel global warming. We’re working to change this by enabling Maine’s small, sustainable farms to feed more of our state.

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Portland Press Herald: Maine farms, students would benefit from ‘food hubs’

A new bill would allow big buyers like schools and jails to shop for competitively priced local products.
 
 

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Centralmaine.com: Maine farms, students would benefit from ‘food hubs’

The state’s agriculture industry should get more of the millions Maine institutions spend on meals.
 
 

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News Release | Environment Maine

New Report: Wind Energy Yields Major Environmental Benefits for Maine

Portland, Maine—Wind energy is on the rise in Maine and is providing large environmental benefits for the state, according to a new report released today by Environment Maine. Maine’s wind energy avoided 534,700 metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution in 2012, which is equivalent to eliminating the pollution from more than 111,000 cars. The report also finds that wind energy reduces smog and soot pollution and saves the nation vast amounts of water.

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News Release | Environment Maine

Panel Presents Maine Perspectives on Climate Change & Proposed National Limits on Climate Pollution from Power Plants

Portland, ME – Support is building in Maine for national standards that would limit climate-changing pollution from new power plants. Such standards are being pursued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Today, Maine residence gathered to learn and speak about the new climate pollution standards and some of the benefits to Maine of reducing climate pollution from upwind power plants. 

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News Release | Environment Maine

Seven Maine Lawmakers to be tested for Hormone-Disrupting Toxic Chemicals

(BANGOR) Seven legislators will be joining the list of two dozen Mainers being tested next month for hormone-disrupting chemicals in their bodies. As part of a new “bio-monitoring” project being conducted in Maine, three Republican and four Democratic lawmakers, past and present, will join 18 other Mainers in having their urine tested for toxic chemicals known as phthalates (pronounced ‘THAL-eights’). 

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