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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
Food for thought: experts say era of low prices may be over
Portland Press Herald - 3/17/2011.
By P.J. Huffstutter – Los Angeles: American consumers have long enjoyed a luxury that few others around the world could boast: an abundance of affordable food. But with prices of wheat, corn and other staples soaring, some economists and scientists are wondering how long that can last.
It's time to reduce Maine's dependence on oil
Portland Press Herald - 3/16/2011.
By Stacey Fitts and Philip Bartlett – Augusta: It's time for Mainers of all stripes to come together to start to get our state off oil. According to a Maine Sunday Telegram analysis, the recent surge in oil prices has increased energy costs for a typical Maine family that lives in an oil-heated home and has two cars by more than $1,400 a year – and the price surge just started in early September.
For more nutritious diet, go with whole grains
Portland Press Herald - 3/16/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Look at the packaging for anything from Wonder Bread to Cocoa Puffs and you'll see big splashy letters proclaiming: "Made With Whole Grain." These claims reflect the fact that Americans eat very few whole grains, but are constantly told they need to eat more.
Eat, write, say
Portland Press Herald - 3/16/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Ali Perkins, a senior from the Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, had never given much thought to being a food writer – she wants to be a teacher. But there she was last Thursday night, standing on stage before a crowd at the Space Gallery in Portland, reading her essay about a hike that taught her about wild Maine foods.
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