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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
Couple taps into cider business
Kennebec Journal - 3/22/2010.
By Betty Adams – East Winthrop: The dark red shoots rise from gnarled limbs of dwarf apple trees, near where a stream widens toward a pond. This fall, the fruit from those branches is destined to form the base of iced cider to be produced by a new venture – the Kennebec Cider Company. Ben and Betsy Parks-Stamm, both 30, bought the six-acre former Whit's Orchard last fall and have set up a cider-making operation in the lower-level garage of the ranch home.
Maine Maple Sunday: tasty maple treats
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/22/2010.
By Wendy Almeida – The sweetness of early spring is almost here, which in this state means Maine Maple Sunday. Sugarhouse treats abound next weekend, with plenty of free samples to be found around the state.
The Plant Geek no shrinking violet with his opinions
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/22/2010.
By Tom Atwell – The beauty of plant geeks is that they not only know about plants, they also have opinions about plants. Put Jim Masse, nursery manager at Estabrook’s, in that category. His talk last Sunday at the Portland Flower Show was called “The Plant Geek Speaks: Exciting Underused Plants,” and it offered a slightly different look at the garden world.
Researchers: HRCS is much worse than table sugar
Grist - 3/22/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The long-running, contentious debate over the dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may be approaching a conclusive end – one not likely to please those sensitive souls over at the Corn Refiners Association.
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