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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
Bye bye bumblebee: honeybees aren’t the only pollinators in danger
Grist - 6/21/2012.
By John Upton – Not so long ago, it was difficult to venture outdoors anywhere on the East Coast without encountering the rusty-patched bumblebee. But researchers have known for more than a decade that many of North America’s once-plentiful bumblebee species have all but disappeared.
Farm Bill amendment would allow state labeling of genetically engineered foods
Treehugger - 6/20/2012.
By Mat McDermott – Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has proposed an amendment to the Federal Farm Bill which would allow states to label genetically modified ingredients in food, without worrying about companies such as Monsanto threatening legal action for doing so.
Brooks man rebuilds apple ladder business after fire with community’s help
Bangor Daily News - 6/20/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Brooks: The floor of Peter Baldwin’s old chicken barn was covered in golden curls of wood shavings Sunday afternoon, with the bright smell of fresh sawdust rising in the air. It was a cheerful contrast to the scene at the same property just over a month ago, when his 23-year-old Baldwin Apple Ladders manufacturing business burned to the ground in a devastating fire that left him reeling and uncertain how to rebuild.
Support for food ordinance on the upswing in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 6/20/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Eight Maine towns have now adopted an ordinance that would exempt small farms from state and federal licensing and inspection requirements when farmers sell food directly to neighbors and other individuals. Maine Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb notes that state and federal law supersedes local ordinances.
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