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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
Death by doughnut
Bangor Daily News - 8/19/2009.
Editorial – When it comes to food and its effect on health, what do people know and how do they know it? Surely everyone knows that fried, fatty foods and drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup can lead to diabetes, heart disease and weight gain, which in turn can depress physical activity, which in turn can lead to other debilitating conditions. Or do they?
New spout could alter syrup industry
Portland Press Herald - 8/18/2009.
Associated Press: Williamstown, Vt. — It's 2 inches tall, costs about 35 cents and looks like a tiny rocket ship. But it has big potential: Scientists at the University of Vermont who developed a new maple spout adapter say it could revolutionize the syrup industry, extending the annual harvest by weeks and boosting sap yields by up to 90 percent per tree. The tiny nylon device, which has been in development for two years and was unveiled publicly Monday, works with vacuum tubing systems used by most maple sugar producers by inhibiting the reverse flow of sap into trees that occurs when pumps are shut off or holes develop in the tubing.
Toss toxics safely
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2009.
AUGUSTA: The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will dispose of banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen or otherwise rendered unusable – at no cost to homeowners.
State calls herbicide’s risk minimal; residents worry about toxicity, ‘collateral damage’ in milfoil fight
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2009.
By Craig Crosby – The chemical the state plans to use to control milfoil in Salmon Lake can pose a risk to people, plants and animals – but when used according to guidelines, those risks are negligible. ... The state plans to use the herbicide 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid – better known as 2,4-D – to control Eurasian milfoil in Kozy Cove near the Salmon Lake outlet.
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