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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
Precautionary approach to chemicals best for kids
Kennebec Journal - 4/3/2011.
Op-Ed by Nancy Ross – As a professor of environmental policy, I write in response to Jon Reisman's March 26 column criticizing the policy basis of the Kid-Safe Products Act. Reisman takes issue with a precautionary approach to assessing a chemical's impact on children. He would like to see the burden of proof fall on the public rather than the manufacturer.
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Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/3/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Gardening season is about two weeks away, and let me tell you right now: You are going to have some problems. I am not psychic, I am not pessimistic, and I am not trying to discourage you. I am being realistic.
Rotating vegetable families through the garden reduces pest damage
Bangor Daily News - 4/2/2011.
By Reeser Manley – What do vegetable farmers do in winter, in that time between harvest and the start of a new growing season? I asked my Horticulture Technology students this question last week, an entry into discussion of vegetable plant families.
US farmers going all out, but grain bins thinner
PlanetArk - 4/1/2011.
By Charles Abbott – U.S. farmers say they will plant some of the biggest corn and soybean crops ever this spring, racing to keep pace with unrelenting global demand that's rapidly depleting stockpiles and driving up food costs.
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