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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
California pushes rule banning toxic flame retardants
Chicago Tribune - 3/27/2013.
By Michael Hawthrone - California officials vowed Tuesday to move forward on a new fire safety rule that could eliminate the use of toxic flame retardants in household furniture and baby products sold nationwide.
Bill to legalize, tax marijuana in Maine gains 35 co-sponsors
Bangor Daily News - 3/27/2013.
By Robert Long - A bill to legalize recreational use of marijuana and regulate it like alcohol in Maine has garnered 35 co-sponsors and now heads to a legislative committee hearing.
Maine bill would ban fiddlehead, mushroom foraging without OK
Portland Press Herald - 3/27/2013.
By Clarke Canfield, AP - Fiddlehead and mushroom foragers in Maine would need permission from landowners under a proposal to make it illegal to take any natural resource from private property without written approval.
Loss of wild pollinators would hit crops, finds study
SciDevNet - 3/27/2013.
By Claudio Mazzeo - Buenos Aires - The loss of wild pollinators from agricultural landscapes could threaten global crop yields, a study has found. The results of their study were published in Science last month (28 February).
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July 26 - Put Your Hoe Down - A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers

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