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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
“Field notes: late blight in ‘09, how to avoid it in ‘10”
Organic Consumers - 10/29/2009.
By Amy LeBlanc – Having late blight arrive in my gardens in 2009 was like adding insult to injury. We managed to miss the early round of blight as we grow all our own seedlings. It did arrive on the wind however, and around July 18th I had decisions to make. Basically I decided I was NOT going to lose my tomato crop. That meant getting an NOP approved copper fungicide formulation – Champ WG. And we bought two new hand-held sprayers.
Reasons aplenty for raising, hunting your own meat
Portland Press Herald - 10/28/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Turns out most people don't like seeing the true face of food. This became clear after the Oct. 7 edition of the Press Herald hit subscribers' doorsteps. When readers flipped to the Food & Dining section they found themselves confronted with the crispy face of a roasted pig.
Smaller pumpkins, better pies
Portland Press Herald - 10/28/2009.
By Brooke Dojny – Fall means mounds of pumpkins – enormous Halloween jack-o'-lanterns in all sorts of phantasmagorical shapes, and the small "baby" or sugar pumpkins, which, because they are sweeter and less fibrous, are a better choice for cooking and eating.
Journal article says suppressed study found GM corn killed ladybugs
Organic Consumers - 10/27/2009.
By Ken Roseboro – A recent article in Nature Biotechnology on how biotechnology companies restrict independent research described a study showing that a genetically modified corn killed ladybugs. The study was suppressed by the corn's developer.
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