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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
Farming without water
Grist - 8/6/2012.
By Brie Mazurek – David Little of Little Organic Farm has had to adapt to water scarcity in California’s Marin and Sonoma counties, where most farmers and ranchers rely on their own reservoirs, wells, and springs, making them particularly vulnerable in years with light rainfall. Through a technique known as dry farming, Little’s potatoes and squash receive no irrigation, getting all of their water from the soil.
A critical mass for real food
Yes! - 8/6/2012.
By Anim Steel – A doorway in West Africa's Elmina Fort is a Door of No Return. It is the last part of Africa you would touch if you were a slave being led from the dungeon to a waiting ship. I stood in front of this door a few years ago while visiting my family in Ghana. This door represents many things. It represents our capacity for cruelty – as well as resilience. It also represents the beginning of our modern food system.
Maine women finding success with organic, sustainable clothing lines
Bangor Daily News - 8/6/2012.
By Katie Day – Organic food has been a rising trend in the last few years, but now more and more clothing designers are jumping on the organic bandwagon. Brook DeLorme and Suzanne MacFadyen are Maine designers whose clothing companies, Brook There and Arrowhead Clothing, are using organic and sustainable materials to create clothing.
Vast majority of Americans have BPA in their bodies
Bangor Daily News - 8/6/2012.
By Laura Vandenberg – Many parents become aware of BPA when they start shopping for a new baby and are warned by friends to buy only bottles marked BPA-free. Yet what few people realize is that the vast majority of Americans have BPA in their bodies at any one time, and exposures continue to occur throughout the day, every day.
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