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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
Apple growers ‘fairly optimistic’
Portland Press Herald - 8/13/2012.
(AP) – Montpelier, Vt.: At the mercy of Mother Nature, apple growers in northern New England are often pessimistic at the start of the season. So when an early spring was followed by a frost, they watched closely in the coming months for signs of damage.
Carson still a force of nature 50 years after Silent Spring
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/12/2012.
By North Cairn – Some hailed her as a prophet of the environmental movement; others disparaged her work as alarmist and lacking scientific rigor. But there is no doubt that Rachel Carson and her writings were virtually a force of nature in the 1950s and '60s. And still are today.
No small potatoes
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/12/2012.
By Meg Jones (McClatchy Newspapers) – Sturgeon Bay, Wis.: Stored inside a nondescript building and greenhouse in Door County is the equivalent of much of the world's potato blueprints. Wisconsin is home to many things, but it's safe to say few know the globe's largest collection of wild and cultivated potato species are located here.
Organic farms cut carbon dioxide emissions
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2012.
Op-ed by Marcel LeRoi – If only 10,000 medium-size farms in the U.S, converted to organic farming, they would store so much carbon dioxide in the soil that it would be equivalent to taking more than 1 million cars off the road or reducing our miles driven by 14.62 billion miles.
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