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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
Federal EPA supports Maine's bid to change air pollution regulation
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 7/31/2013.
By Scott Thistle - Lewiston: A proposal by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection seeking to exempt industry from a state air-pollution regulation has the support of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Breakdown of GMO Labeling Laws in Each Country
Nation of Change - 7/31/2013.
By Mike Barrett - Are you aware of the GMO labeling laws implemented around the world? While the United States and Canada have virtually no GE food labeling laws, countries like Russia, Australia, Italy, and more have mandatory labeling of nearly all GE foods.
Adapting to Stress: Early Exposure Gives Amphibians Higher Tolerance To Pesticides
KQED - 7/31/2013.
By Liza Gross - Earlier this year, aquatic ecologist Rick Relyea found that frogs living close to farms were less sensitive to the insecticide chlorpyrifos (but not Roundup), suggesting an ability to evolve resistance to at least one pesticide.
National Organic Program – Organic Milk Operations
USDA - 7/30/2013.
(Download) OIG reviewed how the Agricultural Marketing Service, through the National Organic Program, implemented the access to pasture rule for organic dairy cattle. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) generally found that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) successfully implemented the access to pasture rule as part of its National Organic Program (NOP), but we did identify several areas where the agency could make improvements.
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