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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
The USDA looks at local food
Ethicurean - 6/10/2010.
By Marc R. aka Mental Masala – Every now and then, newspapers print an article that makes it seem like locavores are running the U.S. food system, throwing our weight around, causing Big Ag to cower in corners. If only we had even a small fraction of that power... In reality, the local food movement is a tiny piece of the nation's food economy – about 1 percent, according a new report from the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).
Farmers: late-blooming berries doing OK
Bangor Daily News - 6/10/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: Frost and freezing weather have taken their toll on some strawberry fields in Maine, but later-blooming varieties are doing very well, berry farmers reported this week. Some pick-your-own farms – such as Chipman Farm in Minot – already are open for limited picking, and most are expected to open next week.
From farm to TABLE
Bangor Daily News - 6/9/2010.
By Emily Burnham – BLUE HILL - When Jeff Kelly needs to restock his kitchen at his Blue Hill restaurant, Table, he has a lot of traveling to do. There’s asiago cheese from Sonnental Dairy in Smyrna, ricotta and Cheddar from Harmony Mills Farm in Waltham, chicken breasts from Old Ackley Farm in Castine, lamb chops from Aroostook County, mussels plucked from Blue Hill Bay and produce from all over.
Warm gingerbread makes for happy summer memories
Bangor Daily News - 6/9/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Chocolate has unseated molasses in the past few years as a comfort-food flavoring. Before chewy chocolate chip cookies dominated the cookie jar, there were soft, luscious molasses cookies, and before brownies took over there was gingerbread. I get a real hankering for gingerbread sometimes, and this lovely, cakey one with the crisp top came from my grandma.
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