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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
How to Feed the World by 2050: Biotech Isn't the Answer
The Atlantic - 3/21/2011.
We don't need to grow more food. Instead, we need to know the world's future population - and what these people will be eating.
Maine farmers lobby for white potato
Kennebec Journal - 3/20/2011.
By Jonathan Riskind <jriskind@mainetoday.com>. MaineToday Media, Washington Bureau Chief. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ignoring the Maine white potato's nutritional qualities, says U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who is helping lead a lobbying effort to preserve the good name and federal standing of a vegetable that proponents say is much more than just another starch.
Our View: Legislature should tweak, not gut, chemical law
Portland Press Herald - 3/20/2011.
Editorial: A political environment created by Gov. LePage is as toxic as some regulated substances.
Towns exempt small farms from limits on selling food
Associated Press - 3/19/2011.
At town meetings this month, residents in the Hancock County towns of Sedgwick and Penobscot passed ordinances that supporters say will help small-scale farming and food processing operations. A state legislator is proposing a law that would give similar exemptions.
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