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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
LePage using ‘junk science’ not ‘sound science’
Kennebec Journal - 2/28/2011.
Gail Carlson – In his proposed environmental rollbacks, Gov. Paul LePage is trying to give the impression that he has science on his side, which could not be further from the truth. For example, regarding the Department of Environmental Protection rule to phase out Bisphenol A in children's products, LePage claims the scientific studies he has seen do not support a BPA ban. He must not be looking very hard, because I know about hundreds of independent, peer-reviewed studies on the negative health impacts of BPA.
Inviting the groundfish industry back home
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/27/2011.
Op-ed by Bill Gerencer – BOWDOIN - Maine's long-standing groundfish industry is at an all-time low. This once-vibrant industry, which used to land more than 50 million pounds of fish annually and bring millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the state, is now a tiny vestige of itself. If you think this is due to overfishing, you'd be right. If you think that overfishing still exists and fish stocks are in terrible shape, you'd be wrong – tremendously wrong.
Gulf of Maine seafood gets seal of approval
Portland Press Herald - 2/26/2011.
By J. Hemmerdinger – Portland: The Gulf of Maine Research Institute has a message for consumers: It's OK to eat New England seafood. This week, the nonprofit marine research group announced that it has partnered with the fishing industry and retailers to promote sales of four species that are sustainably harvested from the Gulf of Maine.
Dairy industry leader Stanley Bennett II dies at 64
Portland Press Herald - 2/25/2011.
By John Richardson – Portland: Stanley T. Bennett II, longtime leader of Oakhurst Dairy, died Wednesday at the age of 64. Bennett, who was diagnosed last summer with pancreatic cancer, was remembered Thursday as a leader in Maine’s dairy industry and a generous supporter of nonprofit organizations, especially those that support children or a clean environment.
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