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Fake Organic Food Floods Market 
It appears the chances are all too good that foods in the market labeled organic were not produced to certification standards. To get the higher prices organic produce demands, some providers of produce have found devious ways to misrepresent their products, and cash in. The Oregonian reports: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2017/12/the_dirt_on_organic_food_you_m.html#incart_river_index

Work on First High Seas Conservation Treaty Begins 
The United Nations has begun the process of negotiating a treaty to cover conservation of the high seas. While oceans worldwide are under threat from human activities, only a very small percentage have any legal protections. The UN is now attempting to wrangle out a treaty which would provide some protections to the remainder. The Smithsonian has the story: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-begins-negotiating-first-conservation-treaty-high-seas-180967644/

Marine Board’s Foam Encapsulation Rules Under Review 
The Oregon State Marine Board is considering changes to their rules regarding encapsulated foam, a product frequently used for flotation in aquatic environments. For information on the specific rule language, a February 21 public hearing, and how to submit written testimony, visit this public notice page: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx