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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
Non-GM biotech making GM obsolete
Organic Consumers - 1/29/2009.
"New cutting-edge technologies have made gene splicing and transgenic crops obsolete and a serious impediment to scientific progress." - Jeremy Rifkin, This crop revolution may succeed where GM failed, The Guardian, 26 October 2006
Organic food: why we grow it, sell it and eat it, and how it can help save our world
Star Press [Muncie, Indiana] - 1/29/2009.
Why should we eat organic food? There can potentially be dozens of answers to this question, but I have basically broken the answers down into five main reasons.
Like a guest that won’t leave, BPA lingers in the human body
Scientific American - 1/28/2009.
A new study indicates that bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in plastic bottles and can linings that has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and liver failure, may linger in the body far longer than previously believed.
Something fishy going on (CSA Fairs)
Portland Press Herald - 1/28/2009.
Community-supported agriculture fairs are coming right up, and this year, fishermen – the farmers of the sea – are getting in on the act. Phil Gray of Harpswell heads out on the water a couple of days a week to harvest wild Maine mussels. They have a particularly good flavor, he says, and local restaurants have been hungry for them. He's also had some luck selling them at the Brunswick farmers' markets, including the winter market at Fort Andross.
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