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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
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.
Debunking the health claims of genetically modified foods
The Atlantic - 6/19/2012.
By Marion Nestle – In GMO Myths and Truths, the authors take a science-based, heavily referenced approach to dealing with claims for the benefits of GM foods. They argue that a large body of scientific evidence demonstrates that most claims for benefits of GM foods are not true.
Foxes, not deer, may hold key to rise in Lyme disease, study says
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/18/2012.
By Amanda Alvarez – Increases in the deer population have been blamed for the explosion of Lyme disease cases in recent years, but changes in the numbers of foxes and coyotes - and what they eat – may actually be responsible, according to a study published Monday.
The local foods movement and how it affects the economy
Sustain Southern Maine - 6/18/2012.
The Local Foods movement in Maine and New England has the potential to have a major effect on future regional employment, land use, housing, even population, because experts project that by 2050, Maine could be responsible for producing as much as 80% of New England’s locally harvested food.
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