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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
Flame retardants found in butter
Discovery News - 12/7/2010.
By Emily Sohn – As part of an ongoing investigation into chemicals in our food supply, scientists found extremely high concentrations of a flame-retardant compound in a supermarket sample of brand-name butter.
Home-grown
Boston Globe - 12/7/2010.
By Nancy Heiser – This fall, Katherine Creswell, 27, spent a month eating only food from Maine. She manages the organic garden at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
Climate change to kill 5 million people globally by 2020
Treehugger - 12/7/2010.
By Matthew McDermott – Each year there are 350,000 people dying due to climate change, with a total death toll by 2020 of five million; each year after that deaths from climate change are likely to be as high as one million people annually – that is unless we take action to soften the blow with immediate and rapid greenhouse gas emission reductions.
Benefit supper at Perry School helps dairy farmer
Bangor Daily News - 12/6/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Perry: Dairy farmer Herb McPhail tensely clutched a coffee cup and hung around outside the Perry School gymnasium, pacing in the hallway. Inside the gym were more than 200 friends and strangers who had come together to help McPhail. “I never in my life thought I’d see a benefit for a Maine dairy farmer,” said Bill Eldridge, executive director of Maine’s Own Organic Milk Co. – one of the event sponsors and the company that buys McPhail’s milk.
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