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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
Maine may use herbicide to control hydrilla
Bangor Daily News - 5/18/2010.
AP – Augusta: The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is considering use of herbicides to stop an invasion of the aquatic plant hydrilla in Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson.
If Americans plant food gardens, they and the planet will benefit
Portland Press Herald - 5/18/2010.
Op-ed by By Roger Doiron – Scarborough: The Obama family is celebrating the first anniversary of their new kitchen garden, but in my house we're putting two candles on the organic carrot cake and making a wish for our national food gardening future.
Snapshot: Raising Mount Vernon
Kennebec Journal - 5/18/2010.
By Andy Molloy – Friends, relatives and neighbors helped the Julie and Dick Hall raise a barn over the weekend on the site at Raydic Farm where one burned in December 2009.
Link between conventional farming and breast cancer studied
The Observer [Canada] - 5/18/2010.
By Paul Morden – Sarnia, Ontario: A startling link between farming and breast cancer in women is being studied by two former local researchers. Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith, adjunct assistant professors at the University of Windsor, will speak about their research at a May 18 forum in Point Edward offered by Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
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