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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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South Portland crude oil ordinance approved

In a 6-1 initial vote, the South Portland City Council has approved the Clear Skies Ordinance, which blocks the bulk loading of crude oil, including tar sands oil.

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South Portland crude oil ban gets first OK

A proposal to ban the loading of crude oil onto marine vessels received initial approval by the South Portland City Council in a Wednesday meeting that attracted nearly 500 people.

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South Portland council backs tar sands ban

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- The South Portland City Council has approved a first reading proposal that would prohibit loading tar sands crude oil in bulk onto marine tank vessels in the city...

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Inside the Big Oil Playbook

For the last decade, the world’s largest oil corporations have developed one of the most extensive industrial operations in the world: the extraction and processing of tar sands (natural bitumen) in northeastern Alberta, Canada. Tar sands oil (diluted bitumen) is more carbon intensive than conventional oil and nearly impossible to clean up when spilled into waterways. 

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Bangor Daily News: Concerns About Phthalates

I’m concerned. I’ve been kept in the dark. There are toxic chemicals in our everyday products that could have serious health effects on my family, my friends and everyone else around me. Recently, I have heard a lot about phthalates — chemicals that can cause serious reproductive health disorders, early puberty in girls and asthma.

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