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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
More farmers’ markets are expanding into winter
Bangor Daily News - 1/31/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack - Belfast: In the past, when farmers markets were established in a community, they were expected to run from June to September, capitalizing on the peak of the summer harvest season. But now, not only are most farmers markets looking for locations to expand in the off-season, but newly formed markets such as the Woodlawn Farmers’ Market in Ellsworth are being set up on the assumption they will operate year-round.
Gorham may ease farm animal limits
Portland Press Herald - 1/31/2011.
By Beth Quimby – Gorham: Downtown Gorham residents who have yearned to turn their yards into working farms may finally get the chance. The Town Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a land-use code change that would allow the keeping of livestock in the town's more densely populated neighborhoods.
Local duo taps into maple wine, spirits market
Kennebec Journal - 1/31/2011.
By Leslie Bridgers – Oakland: Bruce Olson and Steve Buchsbaum thought it would be a lot of work to start distilling their own maple brandy. But they didn't know it would be impossible. By its legal definition, brandy is made from fruit, Buchsbaum said. So, what do you call a spirit distilled from fermented maple syrup? "It doesn't fit into any category," he said.
Fish consumption at all time high
Grist - 1/31/2011.
Rome – Fish consumption reached record levels in 2010 and world stocks need to be urgently rebuilt, experts at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report Monday.
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