(7) See, e.g., CALIFORNIANS FOR GE-FREE AGRICULTURE, GENETIC ENGINEERING AND CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE, http://www.calgefree.org/ GeneralFactSheetSmall_000.pdf (listing food allergies and novel toxins as threats posed by GM crops); FRIENDS OF THE EARTH, WHO BENEFITS FROM GM CROPS: THE RISE IN PESTICIDE USE, http://www.foe.co.uk/ resource/briefings/who_benefits.pdf (listing environmental and socioeconomic concerns as reasons for organization's opposition to GM crops); MOFGA
Position Statement, supra note 6 (citing unknown environmental and health risks among reasons for opposition to GM crops).
's Libby says Maine's low population density has meant that the state's small farmers have an easier time networking with each other.
Fair Director Barbara Luce says organizing a fair was just a natural outcropping of MOFGA's desire to teach Maine folks about organic practices.
MOFGA has been able to stay true to that ideal and still keep up with today's farming advances by offering everything from agricultural how-to demonstrations to exhibits on technological advances in sustainable energy and green building.
While MOFGA does have a handful of paid staff, the fair is largely organized and run by an army of volunteers.
For example, MOFGA
has trained an estimated thousand or more apprentices in its 35-year history.
But a few intrepid souls are out to change that, as I discovered at this fall's Maine Food Festival hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), in Unity.
Amaral told a workshop crowd in the MOFGA kitchen that when he started his bakery, he couldn't find fresh, locally grown organic wheat.
A short time later I found myself with Brownson and Wermer back in the MOFGA kitchen for a discussion about corn with chef Sam Hayward from the Fore Street Restaurant in Portland, Maine.
As president of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) in the early 1970s, I was involved with certification standards during some of the early drafts.
Some years, the MOFGA standards allowed treated seeds, provided there was no reasonable substitute.
Cooperative seed orders were the most popular meetings of our county chapter of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA
) for many years.