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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
Mild winter could lead to huge honeybee die-off come fall
Kennebec Journal - 4/30/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Beekeepers need to be especially careful this year. A mild winter and unseasonably warm early spring have created conditions reminiscent of 2010, when beekeepers were caught off guard from an explosion of mite populations that killed off many honeybee colonies, according to a state expert.
A fresh approach to the fiddlehead
Kennebec Journal - 4/29/2012.
By David F. Robinson – Wilton: An army of fiddlehead pickers has spread across central Maine early each morning for the past few weeks. They scour streams and riverbanks and fill onion sacks with the tiny curlicue ferns, named for their resemblance to a fiddle's head.
‘We have no food policy’
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 4/29/2012.
By Doug Harlow – Farmington: Maine not only needs to produce more local food, the state also needs to establish a food system that processes, packages and ships the food, says Professor Mark Lapping, executive director of the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine.
She vows to protect a farm and its way of life
Kennebec Journal - 4/28/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Belgrade: Mary Perry wants to ensure that the 1870 farm she has been living on for 11 years with her three children remains farmland forever. So Perry is attempting to protect Winterberry Farm with the help of the Maine Farmland Trust through its new Forever Farm Program, which promotes agricultural easements to prevent subdivision and non-farm development.
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