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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
Frosts made slim pickings of apple crop
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/19/2010.
By Lynne Tuohy – Concord, N.H.: The answering machine message at Spiller Farms in Wells, Maine, cuts to the chase: "May 11 froze our apple crop." While many apple growers across the nation are enjoying an earlier-than-usual harvest, many in New England and parts of the Upper Midwest are reeling from the effects of two hard frosts in May.
Maine gardener: Surplus good
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/19/2010.
By Tom Atwell – Maine's vegetable gardeners have been uncommonly generous this year. Donations to the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry program are up for sure in Cumberland and Oxford counties and probably around the state – people are too busy in the gardens to get exact statistics.
Iowa looks to Maine for egg farm rules
Kennebec Journal - 9/19/2010.
Editorial – When a national egg recall involved farms far away in Iowa, we were not surprised to hear a familiar name. Jack Decoster, a Maine native and notorious owner of egg farms here, has a long record in this state of paying fines and settlements for worker health and safety violations, as well as animal cruelty.
It’s official: Jack DeCoster rules the U.S. Egg roost
Grist - 9/18/2010.
By Tom Philpott – In a post earlier this week, I showed that a man with a 15-year history of labor, environmental, food-safety, and animal-welfare violations stands at the nexus of several tightly linked companies that, together, produce more eggs than any other U.S. firm. Now I can say it outright: Austin "Jack" DeCoster, who was once called by the state of Iowa a "habitual violator" for flouting its environmental codes, controls the largest U.S. egg conglomerate.
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