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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
Pesticide Exposure in Children
Pediatrics - 11/26/2012.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says, “Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.” The AAP makes several recommendations for pediatricians and governmental actions, including promoting pesticide use reduction and use of less toxic pesticides.
How Markets Grow: Learning From Manhattan’s Lost Food Hub
Project for Public Spaces - 11/25/2012.
By Patra Jongjitirat - The sun has barely risen, but the horses and delivery wagons forming a steady stream from Dey to Canal Streets since nightfall have to share the road again. Rats scurry back into the maze of wooden sheds with their vegetable scraps as an early-to-rise New Yorker walks briskly down Washington Street, market bag in hand. He wants to be sure to get the day’s choicest fish, to be glimpsed jumping in their tanks.
Report of arsenic in rice products alarming, but doctors urge calm
Concord Monitor - 11/25/2012.
By Sarah Palermo – About two weeks ago, Deb de Moulpied went to the Concord Food Co-op for her groceries and, as she often does, asked for more information about where the food she was buying came from.
Farmers' lawsuit against Monsanto heads back to federal court
Kennebec Journal - 11/23/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – A lawsuit filed by a nationwide consortium of farmers against the chemical giant Monsanto concerning genetically modified seeds is headed for court again. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., will hear oral arguments in the case on Jan. 10 and is expected to rule within three months of the hearing.
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