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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
G-M blight-resistant potatoes – who needs them?
Institute for Science in Society - 7/12/2010.
Dr Eva Novotny – While researchers are wasting taxpayers’ money to create hazardous GM blight-resistant potatoes, non-GM highly blight-resistant varieties are already on the market, with low carbon impact and all-round appeal to consumers.
Support students headed for the farm
Bangor Daily News - 7/12/2010.
Op-ed by Emily Horton – Recently, I attended the premiere of the documentary, “Meet Your Farmer” at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. The film told the story of eight farms in Maine and gave testament to the commitment and the possibilities the future of the industry holds. One common theme throughout the night was how young farmers hold the key to the next generation of the agriculture and farming industry in Maine.
Leaders look to retain rural character
Kennebec Journal - 7/12/2010.
China, Maine: The leaders assembled Thursday in the Town Office to plan an effort to preserve the former French farm on Vassalboro Road as agricultural land. Now, they need more followers. The idea is to help preserve China's rural character – a goal frequently mentioned during comprehensive planning discussions – and slow the rate of property tax increases.
A humane egg
The New York Times - 7/11/2010.
Editorial – In California last week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law requiring that all whole eggs sold in the state conform to the provisions of Proposition 2, the humane farming law that was embraced by state voters in a landslide in 2008.
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