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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
Treat kohlrabi like any raw root vegetable
Bangor Daily News - 6/30/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Kohlrabi is a funny looking vegetable for sure, a little spaceshiplike turnip thing growing above ground, in green or purple, with leaves sprouting out of a smooth baseball-sized round stalk. It is a member of the cabbage family, and the leaves and the enlarged stalk both are good to eat. We harvested our first ones this week.
GMO Salmon cartoon
Bangor Daily News - 6/30/2010.

Permaculturalists will gather in Unity this weekend
Portland Press Herald - 6/30/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – For environmentally minded folks, the news these days is grim. The Gulf oil disaster, toxic chemicals in kids’ toys and pesticides poisoning our food – it’s enough to make you lose your appetite. But don’t expect to find people lamenting the less-than-stellar state of the world this weekend in Unity. That’s where the sixth annual Northeast Permaculture Convergence comes to Maine for the first time.
In a city garden, schoolkids learn to cultivate community
Kennebec Journal - 6/30/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Nathan Huynh squatted next to a raised vegetable garden on the east side of Farrington Elementary School and searched for slimy critters slithering up the side of a cabbage plant. The 10-year-old, who volunteered to help maintain the sixth grade's vegetable-and-flower garden this summer, was given the task of sprinkling Sluggo, a snail and slug control product, at the base of each plant.
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