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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
The role of trade in food security
The Atlantic - 12/26/2011.
By Marion Nestle – On December 19, Food Chemical News reported that Pascal Lamy, secretary general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) "traded blows" with United Nations' special rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, over the role of trade in food security. As far as I can tell, the "blows" were figurative, not literal, but the debate was real.
Resolve to keep science experiments off your dinner table in 2012
Other Words - 12/26/2011.
By Wenonah Hauter – 'Tis the season to reflect on the past year and hold high expectations for the blank slate that awaits in January. Here's one resolution for all you consumers hoping to improve your health and the environment: Starting in 2012, avoid genetically engineered foods.
USDA approves Monsanto’s drought-tolerant corn
Treehugger - 12/24/2011.
By Sara Novak – Just in time for the New Year, the USDA has approved MON 87460, drought resistant corn. Approval discussions began last May upon fears that droughts could cripple the U.S. crop in a country where 40 percent of crop loss insurance is collected as a result of moderate to major drought.
Here’s the latest word from gardeners in the slug wars
Bangor Daily News - 12/24/2011.
By Reeser Manley – This column, the first of a series on managing herbivores in the chemical-free garden, is part of a larger series of columns devoted to helping new gardeners. This seems a fitting task for the winter months, allowing the novice gardener time to gather ideas and materials.
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