Vital Signs newsletter: Maine organics groups join suit against USDA

Two Maine groups representing organic farmers have joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, arguing the agency undercut the organic certification program by changing the rules without public comment.

The lawsuit concerns the process by which the USDA takes synthetic or natural materials off its list of ingredients prohibited in certified organic products. The board that oversees the list was established to determine which synthetic materials “do not cause harm to human health and the environment” and are allowable in organic food production and processing.

Maine organics groups join lawsuit against USDA

Other top health stories

As Maine eyes powdered alcohol ban, creator says Palcohol as safe as liquid booze

Just add water to the powdered form of vodka, rum and three cocktails, and you’ve got the alcoholic beverage known as Palcohol.

Epidemiologist: Maine poorly prepared to deal with disease outbreaks

The Belfast-based physician who investigated infectious disease outbreaks for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said public hysteria and paranoia are not the answer.

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Wise advice on how to craft a new life after a brain injury

A split second. That’s all it took for life to change for Carole Starr, who was a teacher and classical musician until a car accident 15 years ago.

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The Stupid Weight Loss Rule You Should Break

There are a lot of weight loss rules. They’re all stupid, but they serve a purpose.

 

From the source

Dr. Atul Gawande, a Brigham and Women’s surgeon, Harvard professor, author, and columnist for the New Yorker spoke in Maine last week. View his speech for some historical perspective about health care’s modern problems and the four questions he says we must ask patients nearing death.

 

Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell

Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.