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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
Public market alive and thriving in Portland
Bangor Daily News - 11/26/2011.
By Robert F. Bukaty – Portland: When the Portland Public Market closed down in 2006, Kris Horton and a couple of other vendors couldn’t let the dream of an inner-city market die. “None of us really wanted to go and set up shop on our own, so it was either choosing to close or rebuild something in terms of what we believed in,” she said. What they believed in became the Public Market House, a small-scale community gathering place that houses seven vendors and a community kitchen at 28 Monument Square. An eighth vendor is moving in soon.
Can growing vegetables really save you money?
Bangor Daily News - 11/26/2011.
By Reeser Manley – Can I lower my food costs by growing vegetables in a home garden? This is a simple question with anything but a simple answer. Before bringing in all of the complicating factors, we can look at this question in its simplest form: Will organic vegetables grown in a home garden cost the gardener less money to produce than the purchase price of the same organic vegetables at the local farmers market?
The anatomy of a factory farmer turkey
Treehugger - 11/24/2011.
Jaymi Heimbuch – You're likely already aware of how terrible factory farming is for the animals raised in the facilities. From beef to chickens, pigs to turkeys, the conditions are awful and the animals have anything but a natural upbringing. However, as most of us prepare to sit down to a giant cooked bird tomorrow, we may wonder exactly how a factory farmed turkey differs from heritage turkeys raised humanely.
Harvesting crops in the mud and snow
Energy Bulletin - 11/23/2011.
By Gene Logsdon – One of my favorite people has farmed, with her husband, in both Ohio and North Dakota and lived to tell about it. Growing corn commercially in Ohio is hard enough but in North Dakota, it takes an infinite capacity for pure and undefiled optimism to make a go of it.
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