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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
‘Monsanto Protection Act’ would keep GMO crops in the ground during legal battles
Grist - 6/29/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – The “farmer assurance provision,” an appropriations amendment approved by the agriculture committee, would allow U.S. farmers to plant and grow GMO crops before they’ve been deemed safe. Or, more accurately, if it passes, farmers will be able to plant these crops while legal battles ensue over their safety.
WTO not so COOL: rules against popular US meat labeling law
PRWatch - 6/29/2012.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a final ruling today against the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law. This popular pro-consumer policy, which informs shoppers where meat and other foods were raised or grown, enjoys the support of 93% of Americans, according to a 2010 Consumers Union poll. Now Congress must gut or change the law to avoid the application of punitive trade sanctions.
“Farmland Forever” preserves fertile land on Route 15
Castine Patriot - 6/28/2012.
By Anne Berleant – The idea of keeping farmland for farming began in 1985, when the Maine State Legislature passed the Agricultural Viability Act. They were worried that Maine was losing farms and farmland to development and importing a high proportion of its food, Paul Birdsall explained in a recent interview.
Maine’s Agriculture and Conservation departments to merge August 30, but little to change
Bangor Daily News - 6/28/2012.
By Matthew Stone – Augusta: Maine’s Agriculture and Conservation departments will merge on Aug. 30, but little will change on that date and little has been determined about how the two departments with more than 700 employees and a combined $96.5 million budget will operate as one.
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