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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
As farmers battle weeds ‘conventionally’, the chemical treadmill speeds up
Grist - 7/20/2009.
By Tom Philpott – I’m an ag nerd, so sometimes you’ll catch me reading stuff like Delta Farm Press – a trade publication for large-scale farmers in the deep south. I find the damnedest things on those reading jags. Here’s one: farmers down there – which is cotton, soy, and corn country – are having a hell of a time controlling weeds, and resorting to evermore complex herbicide cocktails to combat them.
Vaccinating against colony collapse disorder
Treehugger - 7/19/2009.
By Karin Kloosterman – With the deadly swine flu, bird flu and bee colony collapse disorder it kind of makes you feel like nature is biting back. Some good news for at least one of the big problems: an Israeli company has developed a vaccine against colony collapse disorder, the disturbing syndrome that has been wiping out bee communities and threatening agricultural production all over the world.
Locally grown corn could have built-in pesticide
Portland Press Herald - 7/19/2009.
Letter by Ken Horn – Did you know that the folks at Hannaford supermarkets are apparently willing to let you eat pesticide? The Maine Board of Pesticide Control has recently approved Bt sweet corn for Maine growers. This means that when Hannaford purchases local sweet corn, it may be Bt sweet corn.
Alfalfa Fund hopes to change farmer’s luck
Kennebec Journal - 7/19/2009.
Letter by Duke Dulac – As I was working on my friend Leo Murphy's head, I thought I ought to get into it. So as a casual remark, I said, "Why don't you and I start an Alfalfa Fund for the poor farmer that missed the Saturday night party in his alfalfa field."
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