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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
EPA paves pathway for ‘Agent Orange’ GM Corn
Common Dreams - 4/10/2012.
The Environmental Protection Agency rejected a petition to ban the sale of the 2,4-D pesticide, a major ingredient in the Vietnam-era defoliant 'Agent Orange'. Use of 2,4-D could skyrocket soon because its main manufacturer, Dow Chemical, is hoping to receive approval to sell genetically modified corn seeds that are resistant to 2,4-D.
You have just experienced the hottest US winter on record
Treehugger - 4/10/2012.
By Brian Merchant – Another day, another alarming chunk of evidence that the planet is continuing to warm at a disturbing pace. The latest comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has released data revealing that the continental U.S. just lived through the hottest March on record.
More evidence links pesticides to honeybee loses
Grist - 4/10/2012.
By Claire Thompson – Beekeepers have filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove clothianidin from the market. Meanwhile, three studies strengthen the link between bee die-offs and neonicotinoids (neonics), the chemical family of which clothianidin is a member.
The folly of big agriculture: why nature always wins
Yale Environment 360 - 4/9/2012.
By Verlyn Klinkenborg – In its short, shameless history, big agriculture has had only one big idea: uniformity. The obvious example is corn. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that American farmers — big farmers — will plant 94 million acres of corn this year. That’s the equivalent of planting corn on every inch of Montana.
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