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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
Two big announcements at Agricultural Trades Show
Kennebec Journal - 1/12/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Products weren't the only thing attracting Agricultural Trades Show attendees Tuesday. Politics did, too, including the announcement of an open-space campaign and a study touting the economic benefits of organic agriculture. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association released a study Tuesday saying Maine's organic producers generate at least $36.6 million in sales, support 1,600 jobs and keep 41,000 acres of farmland in organic production annually.
Study shows organic farm numbers grow in Maine
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 1/12/2011.
AP – Augusta: An organic farming association has released a study showing Maine's organic farmers generate more than $36 million in annual sales and support 1,600 jobs.
The ‘food bubble’ is bursting, says Lester Brown, and biotech won’t save us
Grist - 1/12/2011.
By Tom Philpott – For years – even decades – Earth Policy Institute president and Grist contributor Lester Brown has issued Cassandra-like warnings about the global food system. His argument goes something like this: Global grain demand keeps rising, pushed up by population growth and the switch to more meat-heavy diets; but grain production can only rise so much, constrained by limited water and other resources. So, a food crisis is inevitable.
Three cheers for organic farming
The Times Record - 1/12/2011.
Editorial – Looking for something to cheer you up on this blizzardy day? Here’s a news item from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association that calls for celebration: It’s an economic study written by Jed Beach that underscores the growing importance of organic farming in Maine.
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