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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
Weeds increasingly immune to herbicides
Science News - 6/9/2011.
By Janet Raloff – Agriculture’s most effective pesticides are rapidly losing their punch as weeds evolve resistance to the chemicals. With no game-changing alternatives in the pipeline, researchers warn that farmers could soon see crop yields drop and production prices climb.
Certified slaughter facility coming to Washington County
Bangor Daily News - 6/8/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Alexander: Economic officials say they cannot measure the importance of a state-certified slaughter facility in Washington County to farmers there and in southern Aroostook County. Because the closest inspected slaughter facilities were hours away and livestock are seriously stressed during transport, many Washington County farmers limited the number of animals they raised in spite of heavy demand for local meat.
Roundup birth defects: regulators knew world’s best-selling herbicide causes problems
Huffington Post - 6/8/2011.
By Lucia Graves – Washington: Industry regulators have known for years that Roundup, the world's best-selling herbicide produced by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, according to a new report released Tuesday. The report, "Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?" found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate, the chemical on which Roundup is based, can cause birth defects in laboratory animals.
US Universities in Africa ‘land grab’
The Guardian [UK] - 6/8/2011.
By John Vidal and Claire Provost – Harvard and other major American universities are working through British hedge funds and European financial speculators to buy or lease vast areas of African farmland in deals, some of which may force many thousands of people off their land, according to a new study.
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