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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
Brunswick farmers market could move from Maine Street home by 2015
Bangor Daily News - 10/31/2013.
By Dylan Martin - The local farmers market could lose some Maine Street visibility when it moves away from its long-held spot on the Brunswick Mall by 2015.
Our View: Federal food fight targets the vulnerable
Portland Press Herald - 10/31/2013.
Editorial - Starting Friday, the approximately 250,000 Mainers who rely on food stamps will have fewer resources to spend on filling their plates. That’s the day when a temporary boost from the 2009 stimulus bill will expire. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will be cut by $5 billion nationwide. The average family of four will lose the funds for a week’s worth of meals a month.
Scientists fear fungus poses renewed threat to white pine trees
Portland Press Herald - 10/31/2013.
By Rik Stevens, AP - Concord, N.H.: A fungus targeting white pine forests has mutated and poses new threats more than a century after it first hit the United States, American and Canadian scientists said Thursday.
Common insecticides may be linked to kids' behavior problems
Environmental Health News - 10/31/2013.
Synopsis by Lindsey Konkel - Insecticides commonly used in households may be associated with kids' behavior problems, according to a new study by researchers in Quebec. The study is one of the first to investigate potential human health effects of pyrethroids, which are used in more than 3,500 commercial products, including flea bombs and roach sprays.
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