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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
Protecting, encouraging farmers must start at the local level
Kennebec Journal - 11/11/2011.
Op-Ed by Denis Thoet – As farming shifts from large commodity farming to local farms that actually produce food that is good for you, it would be great if we still had enough land around us to produce our food.
Clifton farmers file appeal on wind farm project
Bangor Daily News - 11/11/2011.
By Dawn Gagnon – Clifton: Twenty-three years ago, Peter and Julie Beckford bought a nearly 60-acre wooded spread off a stretch of Route 180 known locally as Rebel Hill Road and began pursing their version of the American Dream. Now the Beckfords are facing the likelihood that a local business partnership, Pisgah Mountain LLC, soon will begin construction of a $25 million five-turbine wind farm on nearby Pisgah Mountain.
Climate change melting polar regions faster than ever before
The Independent - 11/10/2011.
By Steve Connor – The frozen “cryosphere” of the Earth, from the Arctic sea in the north to the massive ice shelves of Antarctica in the south, is showing the unequivocal signs of climate change as global warming accelerates the melting of the coldest regions of the planet, leading polar scientists warned yesterday.
If given a chance, small-scale farms could make a difference in solving hunger problem
The Washington Post - 11/9/2011.
By Barbara Damrosch – While the supercommittee deliberated about farms, food and spending, inboxes were bulging with suggested priorities. On Slow Food USA’s wish list was “funding for conservation, new farmers and other programs that support sustainable farmers and ranchers.” Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International, proposed “using the federal tax code to promote gardening through a $1,000/household garden stimulus package.”
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