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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
Vermont blasts McDonald’s for violating strict maple syrup law
The Atlantic - 1/13/2011.
By Daniel Fromson – The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is apparently no slouch when it comes to keeping its maple syrup safe from imitators. Slashfood reports that the VAA is going after McDonald's for marketing a new product called Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, which contains no real maple products of any sort.
A climate-friendly farm bill
Other Words - 1/13/2011.
By Julia Olmstead – We’re in a rut when it comes to taking action on climate change. Congress has stalled on passing climate legislation. International negotiators failed to agree on binding emission cuts in Cancun late last year. And it's unclear whether the EPA will have the power to regulate greenhouse gases. Fortunately, we have a tool to help us make a real impact on slowing climate change: the Farm Bill.
Cool food, cool fuel, cool climate
Energy Bulletin - 1/13/2011.
By Albert Bates – "Painting the choice as a harsh dichotomy between your current standard of living and something resembling that of a prisoner on Devil’s Island is a blown meme. Stick a fork in that. The future will be one of more conscientious design: more food with net carbon and fertility soil gains; warmth, light, mobility and other energy services based on solar income, not distilled dinosaurs."
Is organic farming really everything its advocates claim?
Portland Press Herald - 1/13/2011.
Op-ed by Mike Bendzela – Gorham: Who's responsible for dichotomizing the farm industry into "conventional" and "organic" enclaves? The organic farming movement, of course, in which the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association plays a key role.
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