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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
Cooperative organic farming takes root in Kentucky
Grist - 7/6/2014.
By Daniel Klein - The ideas of cooperative work are central to many movements in Latin America. Nelson Escobar has brought those ideas from his home in El Salvador to Louisville, Ky., to a large urban farm named La Minga after a traditional South American form of collective organization.
A Fine Line : New Program Predicts When Human Impact Becomes Too Much
Environmental News Network - 7/6/2014.
By Morgan Erickson-Davis - Scientists at Stanford University recently unveiled a new modeling program that can predict the response of the environment to the land-use changes of human communities. Using their model, they found that natural resources can support humanity – up to a certain point.
Meet: Craig Hickman, farmer and legislator
Portland Press Herald - 7/6/2014.
By Mary Pols - The term typically used for vacationing at a farm is a “farm stay.” But Craig Hickman considers what he’s got going at Annabessacook Farm (and B&B) in Winthrop more of an invitation to join his farm family. We talked to Hickman, farmer and first-term legislator (D-Winthrop), on a hot morning at the end of June when he was taking a brief breather after a mad dash to get the last of the okra planted.
Why does Europe hate genetically modified food?
Rappler - 7/6/2014.
By Eric Randolph - With new European Union rules that now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock that could, in theory, lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods, is Europe about to change its mind?
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