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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
Common weed killer chemically castrates frogs, study finds
Grist - 3/1/2010.
By Agence France-Presse – Washington: One of the most common weed killers in the world, atrazine, causes chemical castration in frogs and could be contributing to a worldwide decline in amphibian populations, a study published Monday showed. Researchers compared 40 male control frogs with 40 male frogs reared from hatchlings until full sexual maturity in atrazine concentrations similar to those experienced year-round in areas where the chemical is found. Ninety percent of the male frogs exposed to atrazine had low testosterone levels, decreased breeding gland size, feminized laryngeal development, suppressed mating behavior, reduced sperm production, and decreased fertility.
Agriculture fair brings customers to farmers
Bangor Daily News - 3/1/2010.
By Judy Harrison – Bangor: A Glenburn couple Sunday found exactly what they were looking for – a local farm growing organic vegetables where animals are not killed for food. Shannon Prescott and Seamus Walsh are vegans, vegetarians who do not eat animal products including milk, eggs or cheese. “This is our first experience with community supported agriculture, and it is pretty cool,” Walsh said as he and his wife gathered information from the dozen farmers who set up tables at the Reform synagogue.
Raw milk story confuses real debate with false balance
Portland Press Herald - 3/1/2010.
Op-Ed by Michael Bendzela – Standish: There are studies showing that the American public is scientifically illiterate, in spite of this country's reputation as a pioneering society. One cause of this deficiency might be what passes for "objective" journalism these days. The sham of "objective" journalism is revealed when one compares it with science education. Biology teachers, in an effort to disseminate truly "objective" information, don't give equal time to creationist arguments alongside evolutionary ones. The scientific consensus overwhelmingly supports Darwin's idea, feelings of outside observers notwithstanding. This is what the evidence points to. Not so with journalism, where every point of view, no matter how absurd, is treated with blind deference.
Hooking up with farms
Portland Press Herald - 3/1/2010.
By Ann Kim – Portland: Think of it as speed dating for vegetables. That's one description Adrienne Lee of New Beat Farm in Jefferson heard for the community-supported agriculture fairs held around Maine on Sunday. "There are a lot of different options," said Lee, who helped organize the Portland fair. "People get to shop around."
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