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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Loss of wild pollinators serious threat to crop yields, study finds
The Guardian [UK] - 2/28/2013.
By Damian Carrington - The decline of wild bees and other pollinators may be an even more alarming threat to crop yields than the loss of honeybees, a worldwide study suggests, revealing the irreplaceable contribution of wild insects to global food production.
Organic sector pinched by GMO tainting in seed and feed, Organic Valley CEO says
Food Navigator USA - 2/28/2013.
By Hank Schultz - Organic Valley recently announced a plan to distribute more than $1 million in grants to fund research, education and advocacy on the production of organic foods. The grants have longterm goals and a near-term objective, with one of the biggest individual chunks of funding going toward supporting the push for GMO labeling.
Maine Quietly Mounting Massive Support for Historic GMO Labeling Bill
Occupy Monsanto - 2/28/2013.
By Fritz Kreiss - For many months legislators and community leaders in the State of Maine have been quietly building broad and unprecented support for passing a historic first-in-the-nation Right-To-Know GMO Labeling law.
Is the Hidden Viral Gene Safe? GMO Regulators Fail to Convince
Independent Science News - 2/27/2013.
By Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson - A cauliflower mosaic virus promoter gene sequence is engineered into most genetically engineered crops. The authors question safety claims for the gene made by the European Food Safety Authority and Food Safety Australia New Zealand.
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