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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
New Legislation Calls for Action to Protect Kids from the Most Dangerous Chemicals
Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine - 1/29/2013.
Augusta - Last year, Maine named 49 Chemicals of High Concern, a list that identifies chemicals proven through strong, scientific evidence to cause cancer, reproductive problems, and hormone disruption. But no action has been proposed to reduce exposure to these chemicals - until today.
Glyphosate-resistant weed problem extends to more species, more farms
Farm Industry News - 1/29/2013.
The area of U.S. cropland infested with glyphosate-resistant weeds has expanded to 61.2 million acres in 2012, according to a survey conducted by Stratus Agri-Marketing. Nearly half of all U.S. farmers interviewed reported that glyphosate-resistant weeds were present on their farm in 2012, up from 34% of farmers in 2011. The survey also indicates that the rate at which glyphosate-resistant weeds are spreading is gaining momentum; increasing 25% in 2011 and 51% in 2012.
EU stops short of insecticide ban
Agence France-Presse - 1/28/2013.
The European Commission failed to ban neonicotinoid insecticides but will develop "stringent" measures to protect bees from their dangers.
Force-fed: How corporate sponsorship poisons nation’s top group of nutritionists
Grist - 1/28/2013.
By Anna Lappe - In a powerful just-released report, public health attorney and author Michele Simon delves into just how deep the ties are between America’s food industry and those dieticians and nutritionists who are supposedly helping inform the public about what’s good to eat.
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