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Layers of buying local

When we drink a glass of organic milk, or eat organic pork sausage with our organic scrambled eggs, it’s easy to forget what goes into securing that “organic” label.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2010
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Bad times for the good earth

You could say that the plight of the Massachusetts farmer began during the Great Ice Age, when the Laurentide Ice Sheet scraped over New England leaving poor soil and, as one farmer put it, "rocks, rocks, rocks."
How are we going to keep them down on the farm?
By D.C. DENISON  |  August 14, 2009

Saving the earth

Former Green gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Carter's 120 acres in Lexington township will be the first-ever officially designated "carbon sequestration forest." It remains to be seen whether they will also be the only one.
Seeing the climate-change forest for the carbon-storing trees.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 25, 2009

Kernel-industrial complex

Aaron Woolf’s documentary King Corn, which opens the weekend of conversations about local farming and sustainable consumption, is a sound prototype for the new wave of populist eco-docs.
Examining a landscape where crops only feed food
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 23, 2008

Eating, my words

In 2008, I’m going to eat less meat.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2007
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Killing bills

Auto workers, oil companies, and farmers all snarling together in a pit of special interests — it’s not a pretty picture.
Congress inaction
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 20, 2007


It affects urbanites, too

Ninety-eight cents a meal ain’t much.

By DEIRFRE FULTON  |  August 15, 2007
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Mowed down

Libby describes Leahy’s spot on the committee as “good for new England — because without that voice we’d be invisible.”
The federal Farm Bill leaves Mainers in the dust
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 15, 2007

Meat takes heat

Regarding your recent editorial, “Global Warming," I want to add another reason for hope.
Letters to the Boston editor, May 18, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 16, 2007

Don’t get too hip

Officials at the Maine Department of Agriculture and Assorted Other Kultures are still reeling from the news that TV celebrity Homer Simpson has endorsed Maine potatoes.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 08, 2006

U.N. Agency: Rate of Deforestation Slowing


ROME - The speed of global deforestation has slowed because of new planting and natural forest extension, but the world's forests are still being destroyed at an alarming rate, a U.N. agency said Monday.
By  |  November 14, 2005