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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
Study links ADHD with pesticides
Portland Press Herald - 5/17/2010.
Kids with higher levels of pesticide compounds had more attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Maine farms’ potential, obstacles topic of forum
Bangor Daily News - 5/17/2010.
By Kevin Miller – Wiscasset: Increasing consumer demand for food grown or produced locally combined with a steady up-tick in the number of farms in the state bode well for the future of Maine’s agriculture industry. But Maine farmers also face considerable challenges from a lack of “agricultural infrastructure,” rising land prices and a regulatory environment that creates a disconnect between people and their food.
Bugs in the greenhouse? Not necessarily a bad thing
Maine Sunday Telegram - 5/16/2010.
By Tom Atwell – Gardeners know how difficult it is to keep insects from eating their plants while in the garden. And when they get hit with aphids or whitefly in their indoor plants, that can be even worse. Now, think about controlling harmful insects in a commercial greenhouse, where local business operators grow from seeds or plugs (really tiny young plants) the seedlings you are going to be putting in your containers and beds this year. If those nurseries have major problems with insects, it could put them out of business.
Composting would cut waste load
Bangor Daily News - 5/15/2010.
By Eric Russell – Bangor: Roughly 25 percent of the state’s waste stream is made up of lawn and leaf clippings and food scraps – all of which can be turned into valuable compost. But while some residents and businesses have turned to composting as a way to effectively handle certain waste, it still doesn’t have a strong toehold in Maine.
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