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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
The Ag Gag Laws: Hiding Factory Farm Abuses From Public Scrutin
The Atlantic - 3/20/2012.
By Cody Carlson - Earlier this month, politicians in Iowa bowed to corporate pressure when they passed a law designed to stifle public debate and keep consumers in the dark. Instead of confronting animal cruelty on factory farms, the top egg- and pork-producing state is now in the business of covering it up.
Seeing is believing: world energy consumption
Casaubon’s Book - 3/19/2012.
By Sharon Astyk – The always-thoughtful Gail Tverberg has a great post that simply shows in visual terms the history of world energy consumption - well worth a look. I've reproduced one of her graphs here, but please read the whole thing.
The Heirloom, Pre-Civil War Grains at the Heart of Southern Cooking
The Atlantic - 3/19/2012.
by Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg. The Perennial Plate, a series about sustainable eating, meets two of South Carolina's growers and chefs who are leading the return to 19th-century seeds and methods.
Dresden man followed gut instinct about river to rescue Micah Thomas
Bangor Daily News - 3/19/2012.
By Christopher Cousins – Dresden: Tim Nason was all signed up Thursday to search for missing 12-year-old Micah Thomas, but after writing down his name and waiting awhile, he was told he’d be called if he was needed. Luckily for Micah Thomas, who’d spent the previous night cold and alone in the woods, Tim Nason isn’t the type of guy who just waits around.
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