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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
Scarborough looks at limits on pesticides
Portland Press Herald - 10/11/2010.
By Ann S. Kim – Scarborough will consider restricting the use of weed killers and other chemicals on municipal property.
Fruit tree guru shares green thumb
Kennebec Journal - 10/10/2010.
By Matthew Stone – Gardiner: Karl Richards has tried repeatedly to grow apple trees on his Whitefield property. Now “I’m at the point where I need help,” he said. “There are a lot of things that work against them, from weather to deer.” Regional School Unit 11’s adult education program responded to Richards’ call for assistance.
Industry front group gets taxpayer money to convince you to eat pesticide-laden food
Alternet - 10/9/2010.
By Jill Richardson – Would you pay for a campaign to assure consumers that pesticide residues in their fruits and vegetables pose no harm to their health? The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently awarded $180,000 in federal grant funding to an organization called the Alliance for Food and Farming for a project titled "Correcting Misconceptions about Pesticide Residues."
Rooftop garden keeps on growing
Bangor Daily News - 10/9/2010.
By Macey Hall – Bangor: Members of the Hammond Street Senior Center watched Friday as pallets of soil, compost and lumber were lifted by a truck boom onto the second-floor roof, home of the “Still Growing” Rooftop Garden. The materials were made possible by a $5,000 grant awarded to the senior center by the Changemakers community action program.
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