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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
Genetically Modified Rice
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network - 7/21/2014.
Rice is daily food for half of the world's population. Genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) rice is a threat to our health, agriculture and biodiversity. No GM rice is grown commercially anywhere in the world. Genetically engineered "Golden rice" is touted as a solution to the serious health problems, including blindness, resulting from widespread vitamin-A deficiency in the Global South. Golden Rice has been in development for almost 20 years and is still being tested.
Milkweeds: A Conservation Practitioner’s Guide
The Xerces Society - 7/21/2014.
By Brianna Borders and Eric Lee-Mader - The free report provides conservation professionals with information about optimizing milkweed seed production methods, offers guidance on incorporating milkweeds into restoration and revegetation efforts, and highlights milkweeds’ unique characteristics and value to wildlife.
There’s more to local food sovereignty than Maine’s Supreme Court has acknowledged
Bangor Daily News - 7/20/2014.
Letter to the editor by Hendrik Gideonse - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled against Dan Brown, a Blue Hill dairy farmer who sold raw milk from his unlicensed, uninspected farm. The court viewed the case as a battle between farmers and state bureaucracy.
Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms
National Public Radio - 7/19/2014.
By Peggy Lowe - An independent journalist says he's found a way around the so-called "ag-gag" laws by flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.
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