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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
Acclaimed Maine Chef Erin French Opens Her Lost Kitchen in Freedom
Digital Journal - 7/8/2014.
Serving her signature modern Maine farmhouse fare to a sell-out room of fans and followers, acclaimed Maine chef Erin French opened her Lost Kitchen restaurant on Friday, July 4th.. Formerly of Belfast, Maine, the restaurant is now located in a restored 1834 Maine grist mill on Freedom Falls in the historic farm town of Freedom.
Waldo County buys farm, inks deal for new Stockton Springs radio tower
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 7/8/2014.
By Ethan Andrews - Five years ago, county officials started a vegetable garden on a 5-acre piece of farmland in Swanville with the dual goal of offering meaningful work to residents of the state prison system’s re-entry center in Belfast and stocking local soup kitchens, food pantries and similar programs with fresh produce.
What's the Next Quinoa? Farmers, Foodies Revive Heritage Grains
National Geographic - 7/8/2014.
By Andrea Stone - Once as popular as corn in Mexico, amaranth was more or less forgotten for centuries before its recent revival there and in other countries. Now, the crop’s edible seeds could be "the new quinoa."
California stung by lawsuit to protect bees
Pesticides Action Network - 7/8/2014.
By Paul Towers - They’re in our garden plants, sprayed on orchards throughout the state, and used as seed coatings on commodity crops in California and across the country. After five years of review, California officials have not only failed to complete an evaluation of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics), they continue to allow more and more of these bee-harming chemicals into the market.
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