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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
‘Organic’ growth driving organic supermarket
CNBC - 12/17/2013.
By Lee Brodie - It appears that Whole Foods knows a thing or two about organic and we're not just talking lettuce.
CSA in the USA: The Next Quarter Century
The Cornucopia Institute - 12/16/2013.
By Steven McFadden - Across the US, many rural regions are “food deserts” where production ag reigns supreme, and fresh local food and supermarkets are scarce. In this context, CSAs in general (and also collaborative CSAs, a.k.a. cCSAs, and CSAs in partnership with co-ops) have potential to meet many profound needs.
On GMOs, Maine must take strong stand for consumers’ right to know
Bangor Daily News - 12/16/2013.
By Lance Harvell and Christopher Johnson - Buoyed by the overwhelming support of our constituents, the Maine Legislature proudly passed LD 718 earlier this year, a bill requiring any food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, to be labeled as such.
Organic Food Market in United States to Grow at 14% CAGR During 2013-18
PRWeb - 12/15/2013.
United States is the highest demand generator for organic food in the world with continuously increasing domestic production. During 2002-11, the country’s domestic organic food production increased to about 240%. The country is home to about 17,750 organic farms. The demand for organic food is continuously increasing in the United States as Organic Trade Association (OTA) 2012 estimates reveal that eight out of ten parents are reportedly purchasing organic food in the country.
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