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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
Endocrine disruptors really do suck
Grist - 5/26/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – U.S. manufacturers and agribusiness are addicted to endocrine disruptors – dangerous chemicals that alter the natural function of the body's hormones. They are frequently used in plastics, in pesticides, and in personal care products and act in the human body as a "false" version of estrogen. They appear to be linked to a variety of diseases, including sexual dysfunction, heart disease, metabolic disorders, and cancer.
Cutting on spring’s ‘hay’ days
Bangor Daily News - 5/25/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: The old adage “Make hay while the sun shines” is being practiced all over Maine this week as farmers cut hay early in an effort to avoid potential June rain which last year devastated hay quality. “We cut early last year too,” Brian Wright at The Wright Place in Clinton said Monday. “But still we were 50 percent off.” Wright said Monday was his fourth day of cutting hay this month.
Veterinarian blends alternative, conventional medicine at Palermo practice
Bangor Daily News - 5/24/2010.
By Lynn Ascrizzi – Ever since she was a child, Dr. Pamela Page, D.V.M., knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. “I decided since the sixth grade. I think it was from reading James Herriot’s books,” she said, referring to best-sellers such as, “All Creatures Great and Small,” penned by the renowned veterinarian who practiced in rural Yorkshire, England. Today, she runs her small-animal practice, Holistic Veterinary Services, three days a week from a small clinic set up in a barn at Pagett Farm in Palermo. The USDA-inspected organic farm enterprise is owned and operated by Page and her husband, Donald Barrett, 55.
Chemicals and cancer
Bangor Daily News - 5/24/2010.
Editorial – The role synthetic chemicals in the human environment play in causing cancer has been “grossly underestimated,” the President’s Cancer Panel has concluded. In a recent letter to President Barack Obama, the panel urged him “most strongly to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water and air” that needlessly increase health care costs “and devastate our lives.”
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