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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
A Letter of Thanks to Organic Farmers
Farm Wars - 12/27/2012.
By Danan Whiddon - These days, one of the most important things to be thankful for is access to healthy food. We seldom think of the work that goes into making food - especially when that work is done with little fanfare or support. If you are one of the people doing that work, this letter is for you.
New Agtivist: Rebecca Thistlethwaite knows how to spot farms with a future
Grist - 12/26/2012.
A few years ago, Rebecca Thistlethwaite and her husband were working 80 hours a week running a large pastured meat and egg operation called TLC Ranch on rented land. The couple had spent six years barely making ends meet. So, the couple decided to sell the farm and throw in the towel. Kind of.
Under scrutiny, Maine school kitchens get passing grades; problems in Portland
Bangor Daily News - 12/26/2012.
By Will Graff – Portland: One in six Americans – about 48 million people – get sick from food-borne diseases every year. Worse, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. The most vulnerable population: children.
In life and in winemaking, Cornelissen takes the natural road
Portland Press Herald - 12/26/2012.
By Joe Appel – Frank Cornelissen's wines are about health. Health of planet, earth, vineyard, vine and grape as well as health of humanity, bodies, minds and spirits. Appropriately, Cornelissen has studied and practiced macrobiotics, which views food as an energetic balance of yin and yang, emphasizing minimal processing, whole foods, and diet in service of overall (macroscopic) health.
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