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Maine governor signs bill to save the bees

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Gov. Janet Mills signed the nation’s strongest restriction on bee-killing neonicotinoids (neonics) into law on Thursday. LD 155, sponsored by Rep. Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth, prohibits the use of the most harmful neonic pesticides in residential landscapes. The bill won bipartisan support in the Maine State Legislature, which passed it on June 7.

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Environment Maine is now accepting applications for our summer internship program.

Our summer interns work on a close-knit team to affect change on issues ranging from climate change to sustainable agriculture to protecting Maine’s waterways. Organizing training and hands-on experience are at the core of our program.

If that sounds up your alley, apply here for an internship with Environment Maine. We're accepting applications on a rolling basis for summer internships in Portland. If you’re interested in interning with one of our 29 state sister organizations around the country and in Washington, D.C., apply here.


Portland Press Herald: Local food movement needs to recognize seafood’s key role

Buying fresh Maine seafood is a choice that is healthy, sustainable, delicious and good for the economy.


Bangor Daily News: To support local farmers, Legislature should stick with food hubs

Last week, Gov. Paul LePage vetoed LD 1431, a bill that could help small farms gain new markets and move more local farm products into Maine schools. The bill passed the Legislature with overwhelming support — and for good reason. It responds directly to both great need and great opportunity. Lawmakers will have a chance to override LePage’s veto on Thursday.


Portland Press Herald: Food hubs would link Maine’s small farms to new markets

Lawmakers should override Gov. LePage’s veto of a bill to make it easier to distribute local products.


Maine Environmental News: Local Foods Bill Gains House, Senate Approval

The Maine House of Representatives today passed the Maine Foods Bill (LD 1431), following Senate passage yesterday afternoon. The bill would jumpstart the development of food hubs—a key part of the infrastructure needed to bring Maine’s local foods movement to scale and enable Maine to feed Maine.


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.

Headline Maine farms, students would benefit from ‘food hubs’

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


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.