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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
Seeds of evil
Portland Phoenix - 11/23/2011.
By Deirdre Fulton – A Maine farmer, backed by 275,0000 like-minded individuals, has found himself at the forefront of a fight against the most dastardly figure in agriculture: the seed and biotechnology company Monsanto, which to some represents everything that is wrong with farming today. Aroostook County potato farmer Jim Gerritsen, recently chosen as one of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World in 2011" by the Utne Reader, is a local David going after an international Goliath.
BPA spikes 1200 per cent after eating canned soup
Common Dreams - 11/23/2011.
Agence France Presse – Washington: People who ate canned soup for five days straight saw their urinary levels of the chemical bisphenol A spike 1,200 per cent compared to those who ate fresh soup, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. The randomized study, described as "one of the first to quantify BPA levels in humans after ingestion of canned foods," was done by Harvard University researchers and appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association's November 23 issue.
Raising, and slaughtering, turkeys is the dream of a lifetime of one Midcoast man
Bangor Daily News - 11/22/2011.
By Heather Steeves – Warren: John Barnstein dreamed of being a farmer since he was a young boy. He had seen his uncle raise cows and thought that would be interesting. When he was 10, Barnstein was hired at a chicken slaughterhouse across the street from his home in Massachusetts. Now 60 years old, Barnstein is 26 years into running his own poultry business on the side of Route 1 in Warren.
After outbreak, Decoster leaving egg industry
Portland Press Herald - 11/22/2011.
By Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press – Iowa City: A ruthless businessman who built one of the nation's largest egg production operations from scratch even as he racked up environmental and labor violations is getting out of the business in disgrace after one scandal was too much to overcome: a nationwide salmonella outbreak caused by his products.
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